The last time that we reviewed Lucy Spraggan, she was playing an acoustic set at the Studio, Nantwich and we commented on how often we find ourselves describing it to be an exciting time for both Lucy and her fans… Well, that couldn’t be more true right now as Lucy has just deservedly scored her first Official Top 5 Album with the recently released, ‘Choices’!
Originally due for release last October and to be toured the following month, the pandemic unfortunately put a stop to that. Though Lucy did a thorough job of building up excitement and pleasing fans by periodically releasing tracks from the album; including ‘Flowers’, ‘Roots’, ‘Sober’, ‘Animal’, ‘Run’ and ‘Why Don’t We Start from Here’. With six of the albums tracks readily available, we foolishly thought that we knew what was in store for us (spoiler alert: we had no idea!)
In true Lucy style, there are plenty of tracks with upbeat melodies and catchy choruses that we can’t wait to sing back to her in a packed venue in the future – with ‘Run’ being a perfect example! Though her songwriting talents don’t end there and her diversity shines through in tracks such as ‘Sober’, ‘You’ve Let Yourself Down’ and ‘Heartbreak Suites’, which see her showcase her vulnerable side whilst reflecting on past mistakes and lost relationships.
One of Lucy’s many great qualities is that she’s not afraid of exploring new genres and several tracks on ‘Choices’ see her delve into the unknown – ‘Wild’, ‘I Spent a Night in the Desert’ and the provocative ‘Flowers’ for example see her experiment with a Western vibe that would be right at home in a Tarantino movie.
Alongside ‘Sober’, both the contemplative ‘If I Had a God’ and the albums title track see Lucy take the tempo down, with ‘Choices’ in particular delivering a series of intimate lyrics that offer listeners much needed comfort in these times of uncertainty. The album draws to a perfect close with ‘Why Don’t We Start From Here’ – a track about starting afresh and moving forward that serves as a sequel to ‘The Tourist’ from Lucy’s 2013 album, ‘Join the Club’.
‘Choices’ is Lucy’s sixth album and her most empowering yet. It’s hard to believe that her tracks haven’t been incorporated into every radio playlist going, but now she has a #5 album under her belt, hopefully that will change!