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Alternative & Indie - Released July 7, 2017 | Communion Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 3, 2015 | Columbia

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Lucy Rose's sophomore album, Work It Out, marks appreciable changes for the singer/songwriter: it was recorded at London's Snap Studios instead of largely in her parents' living room, produced by Rich Cooper (Mark Knopfler, Mystery Jets), and embraces drums, keyboards, and pop production, in general, for a modified palette. The new direction is clearly a conscious one, moving from sparse, strummed acoustic indie folk to a driving, atmospheric, electronic sound, though all remains governed by Rose's foamy vocal delivery. More enlivened arrangements include persistent drums, mixed high on the uptempo, rhythm-focused "Köln," a song unlike anything on her debut. The shift is announced subtly at the start of the delicate opening track, "For You," which begins with soft strummed guitar, quietly humming keyboards, and slide guitar effects, until the song breaks open with full drums, synths, and echoing vocals two-thirds of the way through. (This type of development takes place on the eventually little bit funky "My Life" as well.) "Fly High (Interlude)" and "She'll Move" offer more ambient, reverb-loaded fare, the latter still beat-driven. Rose's wispy, reedy tone both limits the volume of any production and provides the charm that sets her apart from much of the Lilith Fair-variety crowd. Engaging songwriting, with lyrics mostly of the love variety here, also anchor her solidly in worthwhile territory -- Work It Out is far from a sellout-type effort. The move will surely attract some and alienate others, but her fragile, sometimes sultry carriage finds her more radio-ready without sacrificing distinctiveness. [A Deluxe Edition of Work It Out was issued simultaneously with five bonus tracks, including a live-in-studio version of Like I Used To's "Shiver."] ~ Marcy Donelson
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Alternative & Indie - Released July 6, 2015 | Columbia

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Lucy Rose's sophomore album, Work It Out, marks appreciable changes for the singer/songwriter: it was recorded at London's Snap Studios instead of largely in her parents' living room, produced by Rich Cooper (Mark Knopfler, Mystery Jets), and embraces drums, keyboards, and pop production, in general, for a modified palette. The new direction is clearly a conscious one, moving from sparse, strummed acoustic indie folk to a driving, atmospheric, electronic sound, though all remains governed by Rose's foamy vocal delivery. More enlivened arrangements include persistent drums, mixed high on the uptempo, rhythm-focused "Köln," a song unlike anything on her debut. The shift is announced subtly at the start of the delicate opening track, "For You," which begins with soft strummed guitar, quietly humming keyboards, and slide guitar effects, until the song breaks open with full drums, synths, and echoing vocals two-thirds of the way through. (This type of development takes place on the eventually little bit funky "My Life" as well.) "Fly High (Interlude)" and "She'll Move" offer more ambient, reverb-loaded fare, the latter still beat-driven. Rose's wispy, reedy tone both limits the volume of any production and provides the charm that sets her apart from much of the Lilith Fair-variety crowd. Engaging songwriting, with lyrics mostly of the love variety here, also anchor her solidly in worthwhile territory -- Work It Out is far from a sellout-type effort. The move will surely attract some and alienate others, but her fragile, sometimes sultry carriage finds her more radio-ready without sacrificing distinctiveness. [A Deluxe Edition of Work It Out was issued simultaneously with five bonus tracks, including a live-in-studio version of Like I Used To's "Shiver."] ~ Marcy Donelson
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Alternative & Indie - Released March 22, 2019 | Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 18, 2016 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 7, 2017 | Arts & Crafts

In the spring of 2016, with only a guitar and backpack in hand, English singer/songwriter Lucy Rose embarked on a two-month tour of Latin America. Partly organized by fans who provided lodging, she not only wrote her third studio album, Something's Changing, on the trip, but captured key moments of the experience on video for a companion documentary short. When it came time to record the resulting songs back in England, she did so at producer Tim Bidwell's home studio with a certain intimacy and group performances in mind, and included guests such as Elena Tonra of Daughter, Marcus Hamblett of Bear's Den, and the Staves. The latter provided backing vocals on two tracks, including "Is This Called Home," a mini-drama that moves through time signatures as it grows from quiet contemplation with electric guitar, to a delicate waltz joined by bass and drums, and finally to a brighter, fully arranged chamber piece with added strings and singers as Rose repeats "Let me hold your hand." Fans of her debut may be happy to hear that the song, which follows a harp-accompanied introduction, signals a return to an intimate, more acoustic palette after her diversion into poppier electronics on 2015's Work It Out. Later in the track sequence, the jazzier "Second Chance" evokes Carole King in its more reflective, piano-based verses, and, named for the three Greek gods also known as the Fates, "Moirai" is an acoustic reflection on a lost love. A diverse set that touches on baroque pop, country, jazz, and especially '70s singer/songwriters, its quiet demeanor both sidesteps dullness and suits Rose's poignant vocal delivery, which tends to excel at restrained volumes. With songcraft and performances on point here, Something's Changing is Rose's most exquisite album to date and her most moving ("It's just a song, but without it, would I have told you this?"). ~ Marcy Donelson
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 1, 2015 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 1, 2015 | Columbia

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 10, 2019 | Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 25, 2018 | Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 3, 2015 | Columbia

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Lucy Rose's sophomore album, Work It Out, marks appreciable changes for the singer/songwriter: it was recorded at London's Snap Studios instead of largely in her parents' living room, produced by Rich Cooper (Mark Knopfler, Mystery Jets), and embraces drums, keyboards, and pop production, in general, for a modified palette. The new direction is clearly a conscious one, moving from sparse, strummed acoustic indie folk to a driving, atmospheric, electronic sound, though all remains governed by Rose's foamy vocal delivery. More enlivened arrangements include persistent drums, mixed high on the uptempo, rhythm-focused "Köln," a song unlike anything on her debut. The shift is announced subtly at the start of the delicate opening track, "For You," which begins with soft strummed guitar, quietly humming keyboards, and slide guitar effects, until the song breaks open with full drums, synths, and echoing vocals two-thirds of the way through. (This type of development takes place on the eventually little bit funky "My Life" as well.) "Fly High (Interlude)" and "She'll Move" offer more ambient, reverb-loaded fare, the latter still beat-driven. Rose's wispy, reedy tone both limits the volume of any production and provides the charm that sets her apart from much of the Lilith Fair-variety crowd. Engaging songwriting, with lyrics mostly of the love variety here, also anchor her solidly in worthwhile territory -- Work It Out is far from a sellout-type effort. The move will surely attract some and alienate others, but her fragile, sometimes sultry carriage finds her more radio-ready without sacrificing distinctiveness. [A Deluxe Edition of Work It Out was issued simultaneously with five bonus tracks, including a live-in-studio version of Like I Used To's "Shiver."] ~ Marcy Donelson
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 8, 2019 | Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 8, 2018 | Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 14, 2019 | Arts & Crafts Productions Inc.

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 26, 2018 | Arts & Crafts

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 27, 2017 | Arts & Crafts

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 7, 2015 | Columbia

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