Lucy Rose first grabbed my attention when I stumbled upon the title track of her previous LP, "Work It Out", in 2015. After being taken aback by her meticulous, indie folk-pop sound and the strong combination of her vocals, writing and production, Rose's next release was a highly anticipated one on my end. Needless to say, "Something's Changing" did not disappoint.
In a world where comparison and negative self-worth have deflated the lives of many, Lucy Rose beautifully sings her way through her own personal journey while still managing to create an aura of hope within an initially melancholy record.
"WHO'D HAVE THOUGHT IT? I COULD BE YOURS WHEN I'VE NEVER BEEN MINE..."
This lyric, from the third song on the album, "Strangest of Ways", sums up the struggle/attitude that Rose faces throughout the other 10 songs. Whether it's navigating love, repairing a broken relationship, or, from my favorite song on the album "Floral Dresses", dealing with pressure from family, Rose displays several different sonic atmospheres in order to best portray her world to the listener.
Other than Rose's and The Staves' harmony-laden "Floral Dresses", more lyrical and production standouts include "Love Song", "Moirai", and the album's closer, "I Can't Change At All". These songs are perhaps Rose's best written pieces of the record, and offer a closer look into the many relationships, both thriving & broken, that Rose has recently had to navigate.
Each stage of "Something's Changing" allows the listener to breathe in a deep breath of fresh air and lets us know that life passes by too quickly to blame ourselves. Because of the album's deep lyrical content and creative, tasteful production, Lucy Rose and her team have created one of the more intriguing and captivating albums that I've listened to in some time.