Album Review

Lucy Rose charms and enthralls with ‘Something’s Changing’

Since her early days with Bombay Bicycle Club, Lucy Rose has always had a wonderful homely charm. Her music has a lived-in quality and her voice a warmth that sets its listener at ease instantly. The story of Something’s Changing is that of her trip to Latin America, after finding out the highest concentration of her fanbase was in Latin America she booked a tour there playing places suggested by fans and remarkably staying with fans along the way. The album talks about finding herself in foreign places and about the impact of simple interactions with strangers.

Something’s Changing opens with with the stripped back ‘Intro’, which funnily enough introduces the album. The song sounds like her first album with the simple purity of her voice driving it. Then comes ‘Is This Called Home’ which layers Rose’s delicate vocals over an echoing, fingerpicked guitar arrangement. ‘Strangest of Ways’ is perhaps my favourite song from Something’s Changing. It has the most intricate arrangement of the album yet it’s still understated and incredibly intimate. The song is one of the most overtly about her trip to Latin America, singing about finding comfort and beauty in places you never imagined, and finding herself in these places: “I could be yours when I’ve never been mine”.

“I could be yours when I’ve never been mine” -Strangest of Ways

‘Floral Dresses’ is somewhat more sombre than ‘Strangest of Ways’. About tradition and family, the song is given a full bodied vocal with the help of The Staves sisters. ‘Second Chance’ swaps out the guitar for a piano and is driven along by perkier, stronger vocals and a light tap away at the snares. This song has a definite air of Carole King and maybe a little bit of Belle and Sebastian about it.

Rose puts on the rose tinted glasses for ‘Soak It Up’ which could melt the coldest of hearts with a little help from Elena Tonra of Daughter. She really hones the vintage guitar rock elements here to have a Jeff Buckley moment, building so much tension in the verse than unusually is dispelled in a light chorus. ‘Moirai’ is the tale of a love gone sour and once again, feels entirely intimate yet in no way uncomfortable as is easily done with confessional songwriting.

‘No Good At All’ is lovely and also interesting as it’s the oldest song on Something’s Changed having been written before Lucy Rose took her trip to Latin America. Gentle organ and drums push the song forward with sympathetic vocals from Rose. The track is about love and all the things that come with it, longing, being your own person and the feverish first steps. Something’s Changed ends on ‘I Can’t Change At All’ which is big, nearly cinematic. Something’s Changed is Rose’s most comfortable collection of songs, unusually for them being written during a spell of travelling but you get the sense that the travelling taught her about life and her song writing grew stronger for it.

Give Something’s Changing a listen here.

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