Lucy Rose gets her thoughts out on No Words Left  

Lucy Rose No Words LeftNo Words Left is the fourth album from Lucy Rose, and it’s a stark and dark collection of songs from a singer songwriter who's fast becoming known for the craft.

The calm restraints of No Words Left belay the often despairing subject matter. Indeed, to tune into the lyrical content is to find a musician who's embracing the rich tradition of facing one’s demons through song: “Help me, I'm living out my dream, or so it seems, when I see that look in your eyes, I know that I'm telling myself a lie, oh, a lie," she sings on “Song After Song”, which deals with the hollowness of fame and imposter syndrome. Elsewhere, on “Conversation” she artistically addresses the potential damage of love, and how it's so often the cause and solution to life’s problems.

This lack of hope extends beyond the personal to the political, as Lucy tackles sexism on “Treat Me Like a Woman”. She also continues to look to her fans for inspiration - a tactic first laid bare in the Something's Changing documentary. The frankness with which she treats these dark topics is refreshing. It can be too easy to stylise sadness in abstraction, or to seek pleasing resolutions where in life they're not always so forthcoming.

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Musically, No Words Left is pared-down; a clear relative of Something's Changing, but less bouncy and certainly devoid of the pop gleam on Work it Out. It’s often suggestive of 70s easy listening, a genre that's been mined by Destroyer and U.S. Girls to great effect in recent years . There’s a bit of the melancholy jazz of early St Vincent also, “What Does it Take” being the most overt example.

To languorously-strummed or picked acoustic guitar, baroque strings add a richness that's complemented by a coldly emotive sax and sampled vocal howls. If there's a criticism to be levelled it’s that Rose’s delivery, while accomplished, is a little bit vanilla. The unhurried pace, which comes with the territory, might also prove a sticking point.

For listeners with the luxury and will to give this record the patience it requires, however, No Words Left is a triumph. Credit to Rose for her unflinching dialogue with her demons, which it can only be hoped the record has gone some way to exorcising.

Released: 22nd March 2019, Communion Music

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