The title of Lucy Rose’s third album Something’s Changing is perhaps the musical understatement of 2017. Much has changed for the mild mannered songwriter; she has parted ways with the major label that released her first two records, travelled the globe and relocated to Brighton to make this new LP with producer Tim Bidwell. Created in comforting surroundings with a host of friends and collaborators including Elena Tonra of Daughter fame, Bear’s Den’s Marcus Hamblett and The Staves, Something’s Changing also becomes a comfort and company for its listener.

Her time spent travelling around South America, allowing fans to organise gigs and living in their homes reignited Rose’s musical passions, and this record is a true extension of her personality and ideals. Taking things back to the bare skeleton of her musical process as she did on the road, Lucy and the guitar, means there is an emphasis on quality of songwriting throughout. Although past tracks such as ‘Your Eyes’ could be praised for their breezy pop sensibilities, the tender ‘Moirai’ leaves a far more lasting impression. She weaves wounded vocals around embracing string arrangements, leading us heavy-hearted through the settings and scenes she shared with a now-departed subject. There was sorrow in ‘Shiver’ and downheartedness in ‘Night Bus’, but here the weight of her woe is crippling.

The sauntering lounge beats of ‘Second Chance’ are complemented by grand string arrangements yet stripped of all its fineries a more realised writing style remains; “hope my friend, you have carried me but you’ve left me again.” The synth stylings of Work It Out have been discarded in favour of hoarse guitar string, organic percussion and general spontaneity exemplified best in the honest ‘Love Song’. It also feels like Lucy has absorbed far more artists in the creation of this new album. She cites Nick Drake as the inspiration for ‘Find Myself’’s sparse guitar line, Radiohead receives a shout out for percussion, and the wonky key structure of ‘No Good At All’ has a nod to classic ELO.

Speaking to The 405 a couple of years ago, Lucy mused on songwriting that “If I don't have anything to say, then I feel like there really isn't any point.” Opener ‘Is This Called Home’ feels crucial and immediate, lyrics gush from our narrator aided by glorious backing harmonies courtesy of three-piece angel-sisters The Staves. The trio are on hand once more to elevate the contemptuous ‘Floral Dresses’, a worldly track written from a wholly more mature perspective. Lucy has lost the innocence of Like I Used To, but intimacy remains.

By opening herself up to the wider world, Lucy Rose has a new found sophistication in her musical style. Something’s Changing is self-assured and suggests the direction of this songwriter’s career path in a far firmer tone than her own soft spoken vocal.