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I was a big fan of Lucie's previous album ('Breathe In') and posted a very positive review of it. I was completely unaware that she had released a follow-up album a couple of years ago, and only came across it on my Amazon recommendations this week. I downloaded it from iTunes yesterday and have been listening to it today. The album spawned two singles in the form of 'Last Year' and 'Sinking In' but as with the album itself, they received little to no promotion and failed to achieve much of a chart position.
On first listen, it isn't as commercial or radio-friendly as her previous album so you may well be disappointed if you enjoyed that offering. This album leans in a different direction and has more of a folky feel to it. Even the more upbeat tracks seem less commercial than most of the tracks on 'Breathe In' and this is probably more of an indication of where Lucie sits as a singer-songwriter. With the exception of 'Sinking In', the general tempo of the album is largely slow.
This album has a more grown-up feel and I have to admit that I don't find it as enjoyable as her debut and many of the tracks just wash over me. The tracks themselves seem well-written and have soft, simple acoustic backing for the most part, which showcases Lucie's vocals. For me though, the album is lacking the radio-friendly vibe (without being overproduced like much of the current chart music) that made me love 'Breathe In' so much.
To sum things up, there is nothing wrong with this album as such but it's just not to my tastes. Having played her previous album for years, the much softer and slow tempo feel of this album was a bit of a let down but Lucie proves her worth as both a vocalist and a songwriter here. The odd track bears some resemblance to the previous album (such as 'Something About You') but essentially it's a different pace and feel.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Last Year
2 Sinking In
3 The Same Side
4 Trying Not To Lose
5 Something About You
6 Place To Hide
8 Right Here
10 Already Gone
12 Passionate You/Stolen