Album Review: Not An Apology – Bea Miller

The album cover.
The album cover.

After releasing her debut EP, Young Blood, in 2014, nobody expected Bea Miller to have her first album out so soon. Not An Apology, released in late July of 2015, features the four tracks from Bea’s EP, as well as a song previously posted on her Youtube and six new songs. That’s quite impressive at the age of 16. Due to her young age, many wonder if Bea Miller really lives up to the standards of the music industry, even doubting that she possesses the raw talent required to become a popular artist. However, her live performances easily prove that she is just as talented live as on a recording. The opening track to her album, Young Blood, was also the opening track for her EP- and it’s not hard to see why. With an ethereal sound at the beginning that fades into an anthemic, memorable tune, Young Blood is one of those songs that make people feel more connected at live shows. Even the lyrics show that Bea sees herself as being very similar to those in her fanbase (“we’ve got young blood/can’t destroy us/we make our own luck in this world”). Fire N Gold, the second track, is a bit quicker, and has a bit of impressive belting in the chorus. I Dare You, the following song, starts off a bit nostalgically in both the sound and the lyrics that lead into an inspirational telling of how the young teen changed. Bea is almost wise beyond her years in the lyrical story of how she had no idea who she was supposed to be, before deciding enough was enough and standing up for herself. Paper Doll, the fourth track, proclaims that the singer is “not a paper doll”, and talks about how although people tried to tear her down, Bea still wondered if it was truly their fault (“did someone make you feel invisible?”). Perfect Picture starts with strange percussion before going into high-pitched vocals that suddenly switch to lower notes, creating a cool, different sound. Force of Nature is a slower, acoustic song about a relationship. Bea likens the other to a ‘force of nature’- risky, stormy, and set on destroying anything in their path. This Is Not An Apology is the epic, energy-filled song the album is titled after. This track is about refusing to apologize for who you are, pertaining especially towards rebellious, ostracized troublemakers, with lyrics like, “I like it loud/you turn it down… I wanna dance/you cut me off/who falls asleep at ten o’clock?”. With a quick, enthusiastic tune and catchy chorus, This Is Not An Apology is sure to get you on your feet dancing. The last song, Rich Kids, features lyrics that are more blunt, speaking of the singer’s personal experiences in the past. The song is clearly from the heart, and seems almost resentful of the mentioned “rich kids”. However, in the chorus, Bea seems to gain a deeper understanding of these kids as people (maybe they’re just like me/maybe that’s what they mean/don’t judge a book by the cover).

Bea Miller.
Bea Miller.

With eleven songs and one for everyone, Bea Miller checks every box for an ideal pop star. She’s young, has talent, writes relatable lyrics, and seems to be a pretty good role model. And she certainly isn’t a nobody in the industry- she made it to the finals in the X Factor at only thirteen years old. Bea Miller’s first album was a huge success, and she will no doubt have many more to come! Congrats, Bea!

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