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Lucy Rose - No Words Left

by Nathan Fidler Rating:7 Release Date:2019-03-22
Lucy Rose - No Words Left
Lucy Rose - No Words Left

The British singer-songwriter has spent time in good musical company since her debut album in 2012. This month she releases her fourth album, No Words Left, an album titled quite contrary to deep wells of lyrical sadness she draws from.

Rose doesn’t go for drama in her words or delivery, her voice is a quiet, subtle instrument carrying sombre yet sweet melodies. She surrounds this with piano, guitar, and orchestral swells, but her songs aren’t mere straightforward wallowings.

Lead single ‘Conversation’ switches up its emphasis halfway through, building on the basic melody and the line “no one lets me down quite like you do” before a dreamlike sequence of swaying violins and watery guitar plucks push the song towards a more hopeful, if still melancholy, ending.

Comparisons with her contemporaries like Laura Marling aren’t without merit (not a bad comparison to have levelled against you), but a closer match might be the same eclectic mix of folk with a twist of inventive arrangements and movements which Villagers achieve. ‘Song After Song’ is Rose’s most straightforward folk on this album, and comes right at the close of play, and while it shines a light on the state of affairs with the line “shine a light on my misery”, don’t expect every song to be as relaxed.

Using a range of heavy hits and lighter flurries, ‘Solo(w)’ uses the double meaning of Rose being both “solo” and “so low”. It’s a song with great dexterity in its emotion, mixing fear of loneliness and acknowledgement of these low moods. While the saxophone which enters for a brief spell feels like it dates the track in the 90s, the build of a double bass, softly beaten cymbals and restrained vocals make it feel like you’re watching a grey tide lapping in.

‘The Confines of This World’ is heavy with reverb and Rose confronting herself with her worries about others and their worries about her. “I really don’t mean to bring you down, but I need someone to talk to” is an aching line juxtaposed by the lifting melody which follows it.

While this is a serious, melancholy album, it is broken up in parts with more instrumental features; ‘Just A Moment’ is an easy recording of acoustic strums, with plenty of breathing room between the strums and possibly even the sound of a panting dog in the background at one point. More freeform, ‘No Words Left Pt. 1’ is a heady mixture of Rose wailing stirring piano and some light percussion.

Rose appears as strong as ever in her conviction to manage her sound, moving to a slower, gloomier place, but still honing the craft which lies within.


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