Not an Apology
We’ve been intrigued by Bea Miller since we first heard her single “Young Blood,” an eerie but exhilarating pop anthem about refusing defeat. That song opens the American X Factor alum’s towering debut, Not an Apology, a collection of addictive, irrepressible, and equally emphatic pop-punk tunes. The hypnotic “Fire N Gold” starts as a doleful strummer before mutating into a titanic dance track that both shimmers and thumps. On the lovely “Force of Nature,” Miller’s impressive vocals combine beautifully with ribbons of acoustic guitar and glowing mandolin.