beabadoobee release ‘Care’, the first single from her upcoming album Fake It Flowers
beabadoobee has become an icon for Gen Z. After Powfu’s song ‘death bed (coffee for your head)’, featuring a sample of beabadoobee’s ‘Coffee’, Bea’s already thriving career has gone from strength to strength.
Having premiered on Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record, ‘Care’ is beabadoobee’s most stomping single to date. What starts off with a set of muted vocals and guitar lead dramatically builds into a hook-filled anthem. As Bea punctuates the sudden twist in tempo with the line ‘Stop saying you give a shit’, it’s clear that from the offset this is a song full of rebellious spirit.
Featuring some of the catchiest hooks I’ve heard on a rock song in a long time, the track is unavoidably addictive. As the bridge slowly develops (‘Cause you don’t really care’) the rise and fall structure of the song leads to a voluptuous chorus. As Bea finds herself repeating the word ‘care’, the simplicity of the lyrics is evidently cathartic. It’s as if, through the repetition, Bea is freeing herself and gaining strength by admitting her feelings of frustration. Every time the chorus passes, you are left wanting to hear it again.
beabadoobee’s skill lies in giving power to her vulnerability. Although the record deserves to fill arenas, the lyrics are rooted in a more intimate space. Beneath the straight drums and playful guitar is a message about the importance of communication.
‘Care’ is plays like a therapy exercise, both for Bea and the listener: Bea is revisiting experiences from her past (‘I was seven to think about it’), whilst we are encouraged to express the things we have repressed.
With every key change and guitar twang matching perfectly with the emotive lyrics, ‘Care’ is forceful in its execution. Taking the grunginess of the 90s alt-rock scene and injecting it into a sugary sweet melody, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic.
Through her honesty and force, beabadoobee cements herself as an artist to be reckoned with. Whether the track makes you dance or cry (or both), it’s sure to make you feel something.
Words by Lucy Robinson