Album Review: Lucy Rose – Something’s Changing

By on Friday, 7th July 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

Lucy Rose Something's Changed album reviewWhen most artists find themselves at a loss, they tend to seek out inspiration that makes them remember why they started writing songs in the first place. Lucy Rose found herself doing just that, only instead of maybe just finding a different producer, or writing somewhere else, she enlisted the help of her fans. Being just one person and with her guitar, she travelled to South America, where she visited cities that rarely get any attention from the music world, and on two conditions: her fans book the gigs, and she also got to stay with them.

What happened during this trip is Lucy found herself thrust into a realm of inspiration she’d never found before. Whilst living with people who have far less than her, and in countries that can be closed-minded against more progressive life choices, she heard many stories about struggles and life experiences. It’s these stories that allowed Lucy to open up to a whole new level of vulnerability. From the get-go on ‘Something’s Changing’ with the aptly named ‘Intro’, it’s the delicateness that hooks you in. A simple piano line beckons the beginning of the record, in a sparse and lonely manner that is repeated throughout the record.

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While ‘Intro’ sets the tone, ‘Is This Called Home’ brings into action the ideas that build the record up. More sparse instrumentation, this time guitar, kicks the song off while Lucy’s voice perfectly compliments the highs of the guitar with her angelic tone. The slow nature and accompanying string accompaniment accentuate the vulnerability that she exposes throughout with lyrics such as, “Am I the monster? Did I deserve all of those words?”. With somewhat of a change in pace, ‘Strangest of Ways’ takes up a slow waltz with a quaintly catchy chorus, finger snaps included. “Let me live in the wild tonight, I’ll never be alone”, Lucy sings above the music, possibly referring back to her influential trip and the different people, places and creeds that she was surrounded by.

‘Floral Dresses’ returns to the vulnerable, with just her voice and guitar taking centre stage to begin with before layers appear, filling the wide open audible spaces. Notching things back up a slight gear once more, ‘Second Chance’ has a jazzy tempo that’s pushed forward by the thick double bass and shuffling drums. The ever so slightly quickening pulses that appear throughout the album are needed because you can find your attention waning, but there is certainly a beauty to the quiet and bare tracks. ‘Love Song’, of course, goes to the strummed acoustic guitar, but with flourishes that add a quirky flicker to its pace.

The distorted guitar lines of ‘Soak It Up’ break out of the regular format slightly, but it’s the chorus that holds the real driving power. Pounding guitars that build upwards whilst Lucy repeats the song’s title have the most power on the record: a tentative power, nonetheless. Throughout the record, you hear Lucy doing just as she sings in the track, “so open up, feel my love’, a clear reflection on her time away and finding out that being far out of your comfort zone can be a blessing. Conveying these messages is what Lucy’s craft was made for, and she does it spectacularly.

‘Moirai’ has more pleasant and enjoyable songwriting, with instrumentation and lyrics coming together to make a lovely rhythm that carries you away. Soft strings sit below the piano line as the drums patter along before it all falls away to build to a gentle crescendo: in one word, delightful. ‘No Good At All’ (single review here) goes about its business, no different to any of the others, a dainty striking electric piano line coming in during the pre-chorus, but the chorus all of a sudden becomes a luscious, soft, soulful rhythm. It’s lightly soaring, with everything done with the most extreme of caution, but works so perfectly, an album highlight.

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No points for guessing what ‘Find Myself’ concerns, but isn’t that why we’re all here? Storytelling is a part of the art, and if you don’t expect to hear about the writer’s experience, then you’re listening to the wrong genre. Both ‘Find Myself’ and ‘I Can’t Change It All’ have the most substance to them, gifting the most that Lucy has to offer, all for it to be rounded off by the latter’s soaring and sweeping string crescendo, coupled with soft horns.

Overall, ‘Something’s Changing’ is a listen that requires attention and a want to find more from life. That’s what Lucy did and she’s giving it to us through proxy of her album. There are lows and there are highs, but the same can be said of life.

8/10

‘Something’s Changing’ is out today on Communion Records. To read more of TGTF’s coverage of Lucy Rose, follow this link.

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