Reading 2012 Review: Lucy Rose
With an album that drops at the end of September, debuting soft rock singer Lucy Rose has a live reputation to build and add to a successful string of singles. Collaborating with Bombay Bicycle Club has given her a helpful step-up at the start of her career and, although there is an argument to be made that she belongs on stage with Jack Steadman and co, her decision to push out as a solo artist first and foremost has been well received by the punters who watch on.
Betraying her delicate voice and demeanour, Rose is a robust performer and songwriter with a twist on the twee folky sound which is enjoying its time in the sun. There’s a strong band element to her writing which comes to the fore with accomplished backing on bass and drums in particular. The progression between her promising but rather uneventful debut single “Middle Of The Bed” and the sophisticated new effort “Lines” is quite evident, and while it remains to be seen whether Rose can hold an audience’s attention for a long play, she’s already done so for 40 minutes today with some ease. Duncan Geddes