According to Justin Chadwick: “Produced by Tim Bidwell, Something’s Changing’s eleven compositions sound like the album that Rose always wanted to craft, but was too stifled to ever fully explore. Although both excellent in their own right, her first two albums—2012’s Like I Used To and 2015’s Work It Out—at times sound as if they were calculated attempts to seduce radio and mass audiences. Something’s Changing, on the other hand, feels considerably more natural, with a profoundly more palpable intimacy and earnestness unencumbered by corporate visions of airplay and chart compatibility. In other words, and to cut right to the crux of matters, Rose’s third is one of the year’s most indispensable recordings and a surefire contender for album-of-the-year accolades.
From the opening moments of the brief and sparse intro that begins with Rose’s refrain that “it’s just a song” wrapped within her crystalline and comforting falsetto, it’s evident that this is not just another dime-a-dozen, singer-songwriter ego trip of an album. Much to the contrary, the ten songs that follow are far more than just songs and instead coalesce to present an artist striving toward the height of her creative powers, while preserving her integrity and sense of self-awareness.
An album of undeniable grace and unequivocal beauty, Rose’s third studio affair suggests that something has indeed changed in Lucy Rose, and we the listeners are all the better for it. Though she has a legion of devotees in England and South America, Rose remains a relatively unknown entity here in the States. As more of our fellow Americans discover the many charms embedded throughout Something Changing’s sublime songs, we suspect (and sincerely hope) that Rose will shed her stateside anonymity soon enough.”
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