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Lucy Rose - Like I Used To

by Greg Spencer Rating:8 Release Date:2012-09-24

After touring with Bombay Bicycle Club and lending backing vocals to all three of their albums, Lucy Rose has gradually emerged on to the scene after playing gigs and festivals all year round. With the support of Radio 1's Zane Lowe and BBC 6 Music, her music has been given sufficient airplay in the UK which will help propel Lucy Rose into the mainstream qith the release of Like I Used To.

At Reading Festival, Rose performed a delightful version of her latest single 'Bikes', showing she is right at home with just her voice and an acoustic guitar. The vocals on this album are tender and beautiful but have a real undertone of pain and blissful suffering, which makes the songs even more magical. Obviously, Lucy Rose will be linked with Bombay Bicycle Club because of her history with the band but this is her album and bears little resemblance to that band's output, although the base riff in 'Watch Over' seems to have come straight from her indie roots.

With the recent successes of Ben Howard and Laura Marling, it seems the popularity of singer-songwriters is at an all-time high in the UK and so Like I Used To comes out at a perfect time. It's an album full of emotional songs which refrain from being sentimental but stay as honest, humble pieces of the record's jigsaw. 'Lines' begins as a fragile, delicate number and develops into a song Ray Lamontagne would be proud to have written.

Rose's vocals stay in place, never veering off into anything different which is a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. With Ben Howard, often you get vocals which vary from one song to the next and display levels of anger and emotion. However, with this record, it's so delicate that you feel if any anger or differing ranges came into place, it would smash into a thousand pieces. It would be great if Rose let loose on one track and we heard more than the restrained approach taken for the majority of the songs.

This isn't to say it's not a great record. It's atmospheric and captivating. Tracks like 'Night Bus' and 'Place' reaffirm how unpretentious the album is. As a whole, it has a very organic feel. When you learn Lucy Rose recorded the album in her hometown at her parents' house and the village hall, it's obvious that she sounds best in natural surroundings.

Like I Used To is a record which breezes along and has a massive heart. Reservations aside about the soft vocals, it's a beautiful record which deserves as much praise and mainstream attention as humanly possible.

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