Lucy Rose
This Ain't the Way You Go Out


4.5
superb

Review

by Tom R. CONTRIBUTOR (10 Reviews)
April 29th, 2024 | 14 replies


Release Date: 04/19/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Come find me in discomfort.

Lucy Rose has been on a hell of a journey in the last few years. After releasing her previous album, 2019’s No Words Left, she took what must have been intended as a relatively short break to have her first child - and ended up dealing with severe medical issues (and general medical incompetence) that up-ended her whole world as a result. Given this backdrop, you could have well expected a follow-up to be a rerun of that record’s more mature and considered approach to the hackneyed-but-nonetheless-heartfelt indie folk she made her name with, burrowing further down into a pit of melancholy and occasionally bitter introspection. Instead, This Ain’t the Way You Go Out, as the name implies, is vibrant, rebellious and triumphant.

This is thanks in no small part to the veritable army of talent behind the scenes, not least in-demand producer Kwes, whose flourishes honed in the world of alternative R&B with the likes of Kelela, Sampha and Solange are visible throughout. Indeed, much of this record feels like being enshrouded in a velvet curtain of sound, free-flowing and effortlessly soft to the touch. Beautiful production aside though (and it is excellent), both the performances and songs themselves here are easily a career high point for Lucy. From the brittle, tear-jerking piano affirmations of Whatever You Want, to the soulful jazzy breakbeat of Could You Help Me, to the upbeat sophisti-pop of Over When It’s Over, This Ain’t the Way… covers a significant amount of styles in it’s 36-minute runtime without ever feeling stretched for the sake of it. Highlight and closer The Racket perhaps demonstrates this best of all, mashing heavy psychedelic textures with a groovy jazz bassline and snappy piano chords that illustrate a new, contagiously energetic side to her that comes across so naturally you wonder where it’s been hiding all these years.

It’s a shame that an album this good had to come from such a wonderful but painful (quite literally) situation to be in. Whilst lyrically the record is centred around these circumstances, Lucy’s journey is so beautifully summed up in the opening lines of Whatever You Want that it almost feels too perfect to not pick it out as a key moment.

“A miracle, a disaster, all in one fell swoop”.

But despite that personal disaster, it’s the miracle that shines brightest throughout This Ain’t the Way You Go Out, a determination to come out the other side bigger, stronger and more confident than ever before. And in doing so, Lucy Rose has produced what is easily the highlight of her career so far.



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Sinternet
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2024


26624 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

finally getting round to posting my first review as contrib (exam season and build-an-album shenanigans very much taking a toll on my mental capacity recently)





anyway great record, really recommend this if you're only familiar with her previous folky stuff, caught her doing an intimate instore set on Saturday and even on a fairly crap digital piano these songs sounded excellent live so catch her live if you get a chance (which might not be soon because she's currently pretty heavily preganant with her 2nd child)



can see this growing to a 5 anyway soon, so endlessly replayable

Sowing
Moderator
April 29th 2024


44125 Comments


Her last album was excellent -- "Song After Song" especially still hits me every time. Very excited to hear this, great review.

Wildcardbitchesss
April 29th 2024


12597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Only three tracks deep but this is some good stuff, nice review sint



Her voice is so delicate but confident. Really liking this so far.

anat
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2024


5789 Comments


could you help me and sail away are proper nice, haven’t fully digested the rest but as far as piano indie tunes go this is a tasty treat

MonotoneCulprit
April 30th 2024


199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Last 2 albums were just fine for me. Liking this a lot more. First three tracks crush and really hooked me in.

DoofDoof
April 30th 2024


15435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first listen and this was great, tiny bit too saccharine in a couple of spots maybe, but nothing major

PumpBoffBag
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2024


1614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

This sounds great, lovely write-up

Sinternet
Contributing Reviewer
May 1st 2024


26624 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cheers all, do have to a proper dive into her older stuff at some point as I’m only pretty familiar with her debut and the previous one and this is a clear step up

PumpBoffBag
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2024


1614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.1

Man I love this, defo gonna have to peep her earlier material

neekafat
Staff Reviewer
May 1st 2024


26397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

Wow I was a big fan of No Words Left but that left completely unprepared for this, this is magnificent

Scoot
May 2nd 2024


22254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fantastic album

Hawks
May 2nd 2024


90435 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Bout 2 jam!

Hawks
May 18th 2024


90435 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Damn this is not my thing at all lmao.

JohnZapp
May 23rd 2024


165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Was not expecting this to hit. It's been a while since she's made something I really enjoyed. Really enjoying this



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