Review: Work It Out by Lucy Rose


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If appearances are anything to go by, the pair of Adidas sneakers brandished on Work It Out’s cover indicate some semblance of street swag.

But in case you’re expecting Lucy Rose to break into rap, just know that impressions don’t always translate to execution.

The numbers on the English singer-songwriter’s sophomore record are as inoffensive as a wholesome breakfast cereal commercial. Therein lies the biggest conundrum that trips up this album.

With vocals that lack character and curiously sterile melodies, Work It Out is a wallpaper of an album. It’s easy to glaze over ripple-less songs such as Nebraska, She’ll Move and Into the Wild.

But then again, bear in mind here’s a singer whose biggest break thus far – in addition to being one of Vogue’s indie music’s breakout stars for 2012 – was being on a smartphone commercial.

There are some exceptions in the forms of the campfire sing-along Like An Arrow and the heartbreaking melancholy of opener For You. The electronic embellishments on the polished Cover Up is also commendable.

But the majority of cuts on this record are so bland, they make Norah Jones’ post-Feels Like Home studio efforts sound like genre-bending genius. And at 18 tracks long, Work It Out is a flat and forgettable affair that’s excruciatingly lethargic to listen to.


Lucy Rose

Work It Out

(Sony Music)

 

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