One thing's clear in Rosie Lowe’s second album ‘YU’: she’s a music fan. Where first album ‘Control’ felt monochromatic with the odd flash of colour – or controlled – ‘YU’ is a confident technicolour portrait of life lived and passions made apparent, funk twining with blues rock riffs, soul keys, the cosmic turn of a synth and even the odd country twang.
Delivered in Lowe’s trilling vocal, her pointed and pithy lyrics centre on fulfilment and possibility: ‘The Way’ joyously looks at a love-filled future; lead single ‘Pharoah’ asserts the “power in my imperfections that make me”, while even in dark times her independence blisters, as in final track ‘Apologise’, where she quite simply refuses to.
A confident and wonderfully coherent mingling of genres with an impressive roster of collaborators – see Jamie Woon, Jamie Jidell, Jay Electronica – it feels like a huge statement from a relatively new female artist in what’s sometimes a male dominated arena.
‘YU’ is a swagger drenched, masterful treatise from a woman with a new perspective, new weapons, and the confidence to use them. Careful now.
Words: Sarah Gosling
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