Tomorrow sees the release of “Trendy Girl”, the new EP from UK country star Lucy Blu. It’s a great time to be a fan of country music in the UK and with new artists such as Lucy coming along and releasing brilliant music such as this, long may it continue. Lucy has been influenced and inspired by artists such as Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton, while more recently she has found new inspiration from Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves – and in listening to the EP you can pick up on some of this inspiration.
The first track on the EP is ‘By the Way’ and from the first notes with the twanging guitar you’re into the song. This makes for a great opener, a song about a guy wanting to rekindle a relationship that has gone, but the singer not having any of it. The song has attitude and a real catchiness that will have you reaching for that repeat button.
The second song is “The Story”, a song that has a much rockier edge than the opener. I particularly like the way this song has stripped back parts where Lucy’s vocals take centre stage, while the ending of the song builds to a brilliant finish. The lyrics “Tell me yours and tell me mine, how will the story end, a thousand tears behind a smile, but we all just keep on…” telling you something about the subject of the song.
“Just For a Day” is the next track and this is a real heartbreak song, where the singer pleads for a love to come back. Already at this point, you’ll be impressed by the variety of the EP, as each song shows a different side to Lucy’s talent. This is the song where the brilliant vocals of Lucy Blu come to the fore and is a real highlight.
The title track “Trendy Girl” is the last of the four and ends the EP just perfectly. This song has the same catchy feel of the opening number but with an added quirkiness that gives it even more appeal. I can imagine this song being just brilliant live and it certainly has that something extra which you can’t always quite put your finger on – the best song on the EP for me. Below is a recent recording of the song and you can see for yourself why I rate this song so highly!
It’s always a pleasure to review new music, especially when it’s as good as this. Lucy Blu is a welcome addition to the UK country scene, showing a great versatility in her music as well as the ability to nail that killer song. For a first recording this is simply excellent – an EP that just gets better and better with every listen.