beabadoobee
Fake It Flowers


4.0
excellent

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
October 22nd, 2020 | 48 replies


Release Date: 10/16/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of 2020's best new artists brings us a blend of old school pop-rock and modern dream-pop that is all too easy to sink into.

beabadoobee, a Filipino-born British singer-songwriter, wears her inspirations on her sleeve: she’s part 90s grunge star, part 2000s indie-rocker, and part 2010s dream-popper. The idea that every facet of her music feels dated, if not slightly worn, weighs heavily on Fake It Flowers – a full-length debut that is designed to entertain more than it is to enlighten. It’s so good at its former goal, however, that its transparent influences are forgivable. If you’re looking for something that is brimming with infectious melodies and that rocks harder than it has any right to, then Fake It Flowers is your album, and beabadoobee is your answer to the question, “what does it take to actually feel good in 2020?”

beabadoobee is at her best when she dials up the aggression – instrumentally, at least, as her vocals rarely deviate from a smooth, silky serenade. The back half of ‘Sorry’ is almost gnarly, driven by electric riffs that aspire to that of Smashing Pumpkins circa Siamese Dream. ‘Worth It’ brings more of an Alanis Morissette vibe, with a guitar-driven pop-rock atmosphere that thrives on its hook-laden chorus which seems to span the entire length of the song. ‘Care’ feels like a lost hit from The Cranberries’ heyday, sinking into lush acoustic passages only to burst through with buzzing electric guitars and bombastic melodies. ‘Yoshimi, Forest, Magdalene’ is dizzying and borders on noise rock, closing out the record with a high dose of energy and bold creativity. The common thread woven throughout Fake It Flowers’ fabric is this very “90s reborn” aesthetic, and beabadoobee pulls it off better than most artists of a similar ilk.

When the album lulls and settles, beabadoobee finds herself in modern dream-pop territory. ‘Back to Mars’ and ‘Further Away’ could be played alongside Hatchie’s Keepsake or Ellis’ Born Again without missing a beat, aloft in hazy reverb, resplendent guitars, and synthetic micro-flourishes. The album’s best low tempo moments come when beabadoobee accents her songs with trappings from outside the rock arena, such as the chime-like twinkles and wobbly synths on ‘Emo Song’ or the elegant strings that lift ‘Horen Sarrison’ into the clouds. Fake It Flowers is able to achieve adequate balance between beabadoobee’s soft and loud formulas, making for a smooth and balanced listen which never spends too long observing one specific side of her multifaceted skillset; it’s always on the move.

Fake It Flowers is a surprisingly enjoyable blast from the past. The fact that her sound is essentially a product of tossing the previous three decades into a blender shouldn’t deter you from what is ultimately a very satisfying redux. Fans of grunge, rock, and dream-pop should all be able to converge on beabadoobee as a point of common interest. Fake It Flowers won’t blaze any new trails and beabadoobee is a far cry from a pioneer, but for a brief moment in the sun, her debut is both gratifying and immediate. There’s no reason not to bask in it.



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SowingSeason
Moderator
October 22nd 2020


36215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just a brief write-up for an album that deserves some additional exposure.

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JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2020


1863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yess, this is such a nice and carefree listen! agreed that her more aggressive songs are the best ones, charlie brown is a banger

though i wouldn't say she's flying under the radar with almost 18 million monthly spotify listeners haha

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SowingSeason
Moderator
October 22nd 2020


36215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess it's more of a social circle thing then because even among my musically inclinated friends nobody knew who she was. I'm glad she's doing well though and it makes sense considering how accessible her stuff is. Sorry, Worth It, and Emo Song are my personal faves here.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2020


20079 Comments


didnt like "she plays bass," so not super inclined to check this out, but I might give the first few songs a listen and see where it goes

JesperL
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2020


1863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah fair enough, she was featured on a song that went super viral on tiktok earlier this year which is probably how most people know about her (including me)

emo song is great too yeah. i also love dye it red in spite of how childish the lyrics are

Sinternet
October 22nd 2020


23404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

she's had a shit ton of underground buzz for the last year and i'd say most people in the 16-25 age bracket with an inclination towards indie music know her by now



i liked space cadet and the singles for this but i still felt them lacking just a little bit extra polish, will be interesting to see if she can maintain a full album

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Pheromone
October 22nd 2020


9377 Comments


yeah she's pre big over here (engerland)

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SowingSeason
Moderator
October 22nd 2020


36215 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I removed the under the radar bit as that's clearly not the case!

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2020


20574 Comments


"i'd say most people in the 16-25 age bracket with an inclination towards indie music know her by now"
oops i guess not I'm not very "in" ):

Pheromone
October 22nd 2020


9377 Comments


genuinely probably not then bro !

theBoneyKing
October 22nd 2020


19671 Comments


lol neek this chic is fuckin everywhere esp with that one shitty TikTok song that samples her

Pheromone
October 22nd 2020


9377 Comments


my ex loved that song

definitely absolute shit doe

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
October 22nd 2020


20574 Comments


I have absolutely no social media awareness outside of my political FB feed so that makes sense then

Nikkolae
October 22nd 2020


5587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why does it feel like im listening the Dawson´s Creek intro but if kinoko teikoku re recorded it when i put this on

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SteakByrnes
October 22nd 2020


21523 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really like this album, not sure if I like it more than the last EP yet but it's great. Also that tiktok song that samples her coffee song is atrocious

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Nikkolae
October 22nd 2020


5587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its dope ye

GhostB1rd
October 23rd 2020


7501 Comments


I dared johnnyoftheweeb to review this but he failed and lost to sowing.

For shame.

And yes sint this is very good.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2020


29887 Comments


haven't heard this but ok fuck it I'll rev

GhostB1rd
October 23rd 2020


7501 Comments


No it's too late it's over.

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2020


29887 Comments


okay phew i was just about to adjust my schedule



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