Vocalist Lucy Rose first gained notoriety after ongoing collaboration with indie collective Bombay Bicycle Club and in 2012 she recorded and released her debut ‘Like I Used To’. This identified Lucy as not only a delicate and delightful singer but an intelligent lyricist with a socialistic outlook on the modern day regarding relationships, heartbreak, livelihoods and surroundings. The follow-up has been a long time coming and ‘Work It Out’ fortunately follows along the well placed guidelines of its predecessor.
Moody bass tones and fractured guitar strings contrast beautifully as ever on opener ‘For You’ as Lucy writes a forcefully emotive track on the subject of lost love and the importance of being forceful within a relationship. Latest single ‘Like An Arrow’ sees Lucy aim and score spectacularly for breezy anthem and has been picked up expectedly by Radio 1 for its indescribable freeness that beckons in views of beaches, open roads and warm summer days all within its small three minute structure.
‘Köln’ is reminiscent of previous single ‘Lines’ with a more frantic narrative structure and an overall grunge influence allowing Lucy to demonstrate speed and versatility within her vocal, this could easily of sat upon Bombay Bicycle Club’s first LP as solid alternative indie. Meanwhile ‘Shelter’ is a vidid, thrilling piece of alt-folk that unfolds slowly with a dreamy and airy chorus with yet more of Rose’s poetic lyricism brimming beneath the surface. It proves she has real attention to her work as it would have been incredibly easy to disguise a lacklustre lyrical narrative beneath the shining production values of this song.
There are two clear stand out tracks within this record, the first is ‘Till the End’ which is completely joyous in sound and narrative with an unashamed retro chorus that draws comparisons to All Saints. The other is the intelligent preview single ‘Our Eyes’ which I believe to be Lucy’s current career pinnacle, the song brings together every element of what makes Lucy Rose such a perfect artist and lines them side by side in perfect cohesion. Its steady anthemic bridge and chaotic percussion introductions all harmonise when lead by that elegant and ethereal vocal.
This is not an album without imperfections, a number of tracks feel as though they were including perhaps due to Lucy’s personal attachments as the likes of ‘My Life’ do not particularly enhance ‘Work It Out’ as whole however the inclusion of the bold title track and the interlude proves Rose has large visions for her music and the live experience, a discipline that she has been cited to flourish within. It feels overly long in places and this negates from the consistency achieved through near perfections as they should be heard back to back. However overall this is an album of triumph that never has to announce itself, it is within the quiet accomplishment that Lucy finds her strength.