Delving into the track treasure trove of Beabadoobee (aka Bea Kristi if you prefer a formal introduction), you’ll find earworms galore – from lo-fi acoustic offerings such as 2017’s calm and comforting “Coffee” (the first song she ever wrote) to the juxtaposing saccharine scuzz of 2019’s “She Plays Bass”. Despite the slight disparity between these sounds, one thing stays the same; their infectious nature.
Fast-forward to 2020, and Beabadoobee is still producing binge-worthy tracks, this time on coming-of-age soundtrack, Fake It Flowers. Lead single "Care" is a hook-filled hoot with angst-addled lyrics to boot. “I don't want your sympathy” Bea coos “Stop saying you give a shit / 'Cause you don't really / Care, care, care, yeah” she repeats, uniting those who have struggled to get people to understand their past experiences.
Follow-up release, "Sorry", is an alt-rock slow jam, with ruffled guitar work to make way for heavily emotive string-assisted exclamations from Bea in the chorus “And it hurts me […] you stayed in the same dark place, that I adore / But, you stayed for more / I guess that's what happens to the best of us / The best of us”. It’s a step away from the bubblegum bops on the record such as "Dye It Red", which speaks of youthful impulses to feel empowered and in control but presents her story of growth – how inconsistent it can be and sound, as we continue to learn and evolve.
Bea is a beacon of nostalgia for '90s kids who wished they were born a decade or two earlier, donning their Walkman, listening to cassettes, swapping out one grunge gem for the next. Bea provides a much-needed trip down memory lane, but not so much that it’s a pastiche to the era, rather an ardent nod, an ode to.
Despite the uncertainty this year has brought, the true essence of who Beabadoobee is is here to stay, taking us back to simpler times, adorned with mohair knits and baggy jeans.