Beautiful Lies is the third studio album by British musician Birdy. It is due to be released on 25 March 2016.
Professional ratings Aggregate scores Source Rating Metacritic 73/100 Review scores Source Rating AllMusic 4/5 stars Entertainment Weekly B+ The Irish Times 4/5 stars The Guardian 3/5 stars PopCrush 4.5/5 stars Beautiful Lies received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, the album received a score of 73 on Metacritic based on four reviews. Allmusic senior editor Neil Z. Yeung commended Birdy's "evolution from acoustic covers singer to confident and powerful artist" and stated, that the album "brings a depth that pulls Birdy from Ingrid Michaelson territory and into a scene occupied by Lorde, Florence, and Lana (Del Rey)." He felt that "with more life, richer texture, and an inspiring attitude, Beautiful Lies is Birdy's declaration that she is more than able to make her mark in the big leagues and join the ranks of the alternative pop pantheon". Marc Snetiker of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+ rating and noted that "Beautiful Lies places her square in the middle of the indie pop realm [...] Her third album is her own testament to talent and her proof that she's only dipping her toe into the tropes of her genre to spring upward from them and float onto a cloud all her own."
Dave Simpson of The Guardian called the album "certainly an adult-oriented, mainstream affair [that] has an intriguing, almost eastern feel". The Irish Times writer Tony Clayton-Lea felt the songs on Beautiful Lies showcased Birdy's songwriting abilities, with "telltale names indicating a smart artist getting to grips with the differences between inexperience and hard knocks." He added that "notwithstanding leaf or two taken from the Lorde handbook, Birdy delivers a special brand of off-centre pop music that directly reference her transition from teenager to adult." Reviewing the album for PopCrush, Matthew Scott Donnelly found "there was never any doubt that Birdy had the voice to carry a career – what's changed over the past five years is that she's now got a handful of inflections from which to choose. Airy, heavy or laser-precise, each tongue has been constructed for storytelling, making Beautiful Lies the perfect excuse for an impulse getaway to someplace you haven't been."
No. Title Writer(s) Length 1. "Growing Pains" Jasmine Van den Bogaerde Sam Romans
2. "Shadow" Van den Bogaerde Melisa Bester Jamie Hartman
3. "Keeping Your Head Up" Van den Bogaerde Wayne Hector Steve Mac 3:28 4. "Deep End" Van den Bogaerde Justin Parker
5. "Wild Horses" Van den Bogaerde John McDaid
6. "Lost It All" Van den Bogaerde 7. "Silhouette" Van den Bogaerde Simon Aldred
8. "Lifted" Van den Bogaerde Ammar Malik Daniel Omelio
9. "Take My Heart" Van den Bogaerde 10. "Hear You Calling" Van den Bogaerde Mac Hector
11. "Words" Van den Bogaerde Conrad Sewell
12. "Save Yourself" Van den Bogaerde Danny Parker Teddy Geiger
13. "Unbroken" Van den Bogaerde Aldred
14. "Beautiful Lies" Van den Bogaerde Romans
Deluxe edition No. Title Writer(s) Length 15. "Beating Heart" Van den Bogaerde Romans
16. "Winter" Van den Bogaerde 17. "Give Up" Van den Bogaerde TMS Hector
18. "Start Again" Van den Bogaerde Amy Wadge