Album Review: Beabadoobee – Fake It Flowers

Fake It Flowers is the debut LP from British pop rock artist Beabadobee.

By Graeme Smith

Fashion has always come and gone and in the past couple of years you’d be forgiven for thinking we have returned to the early ’90s while looking at the styles of display among certain age groups. Skinny jeans have given way to baggy jumpers and man buns to curtains.

It’s very much in this zeitgeist that Fake It Flowers sits. From opening track Care, the album is twelve candidates for the Buffy The Vampire Slayer soundtrack with big guitar riffs, emotional lyrics and strong vocals.

This is not all to say that Beabadoobee is some kind of trend follower. She breaks the mould in many ways. Her lyrics are honest and visceral with no trace of cliche. They come to life with subtle observation and place-setting. “Take me to the south of France… and you can braid my hair” she sings in interlude track Back To Mars. “Your eyes are just like his, but your face is a bit different” she observes in Worth It.

And there are some big moments in Fake It Flowers. The chorus of Charlie Brown is an angry, cathartic release. Sorry builds to an explosion of strings, drums and riffs.

Beabadoobee is an exciting prospect and this debut signals her as a contender for international fame. I wouldn’t be surprised that, after an appearance at Leeds Festival and her headline tour next year, she’ll have it.

Fake It Flowers it out on 16 October. You can pre-order it here.