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Laced with the honesty and authenticity that sets her work aside from that of other artists, Balance is definitely a record that she should be proud of.

Because there’s one thing Spraggan is really outspoken about, and it’s the appalling way in which the music industry tends to deal with (mental) health issues. Saturday night is givin’ me a reason to rely on the strobe lights / The lifeline of a promise in a shot glass, and I’ll take that / If you’re givin’ out love from a plastic bag,” Ed sings on the chorus, as his friend turns to new vices in hopes of feeling better. We carry a broad range of CDs and vinyl (7”/12” singles and LPs) and specialise in indie, alternative, rock, punk, metal plus a few other genres.Other tracks released in the run up to the album’s release included ‘Everything Changes’, ‘OCD’, ‘Bodies’ and ‘Empire’ – all of which are incredibly personable. Scheduled to kick off in Glasgow on May 4th, before visiting Newcastle, Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Belfast, Dublin and London, the month long jaunt will come to a close with an extra special show in Sheffield on Friday, May 19th. Since her appearance on X Factor, Lucy has sold over 140k albums and reached over 140 million streams on Spotify alone with over 540k monthly listeners.

The Lyrics express a desire for authentic connection and the importance of Loving someone just as they are. Lucy Spraggan treats fans to some early Christmas gifts this week, not only in the form of her latest single ‘Balance’, but also by announcing details of her forthcoming album (of the same name) and memoir, Process – both of which will be released next year! Surely everyone has songs like that, where they go – Oh I listen to that and I remember the time I was in love with so and so, or I listened to that when I was 15, or listened to that and thought the world was going to end because my girlfriend was going on holiday, you know? But I also have songs that I really deeply connect to being on tour, and then there’s the Pendulum album, which is when I went to Manchester Pride for the first time – no,” she interrupts herself with a fond smile.

We watch people on stage who can barely sing, or barely walk or talk and we applaud them, saying how amazing it is that they’re up on stage. Written after a session with her therapist, ‘ Balance’ tells the story of Lucy taking the time to consider what she wanted from life and most importantly, finding her own balance. Balance well and truly showcases Lucy’s strength and growth and not just in her working life – with lyrics about chasing her own dreams and living her life, the poignant ‘Seasick’ is the perfect example of how far she’s come in her personal life. in HIS three-minute album opener, he makes an attempt to capture the beauty and delicacy of true love with words. But in opening the LP, Lucy goes right back to the beginning with a throwback reference to Last Night (Beer Fear) – the song that made her a household name after she performed it on ‘The X Factor’ stage in 2012.

Now, more than a decade later, those are still two words that immediately spring to mind when chatting with Spraggan about her new album. With a bridge in which Spraggan’s voice breaks while promising Caroline’s mum that “the kindness remains”, it’s sure to be a meaningful ballad that people hopefully take to heart. I think much like another song “Anti-Matter” (that's also on the same album as this song), this one is also is inspired by a horrifying van crash the band experienced on Nov 3, 2022. I’m 32 in a couple of weeks, I don’t think that’s old, but I’m older than I was when I was writing songs at 12.Matching the vibes of Lucy’s second album Join the Club, the track perfectly captures not just Lucy’s uniqueness and creativity, but also her authentic personality. Last but certainly not least is ‘ Cost of Living’ – a melodious track that features a combination of vocals and spoken word from Lucy, as she runs through the shared experience of being a human being in the 21st century. I do really think that we are encouraging and glamorizing burnout and being mentally unwell in the industry.

Some of the topics tackled by Lucy are incredibly difficult and tend to be evaded within the media, but she’s unafraid to explore them and her transparency continues to serve her well – from ‘Cocaine’, which appears to tell the tale of a relationship breakdown due to drugs, to ‘Caroline’. Last month she publicised the release of her book Process: Finding My Way Through, which we are currently reading, by waiving her anonymity and revealing she withdrew from The X Factor in 2012 because she had been raped. Spraggan certainly doesn’t spare herself or her flaws, and chooses instead to showcase how she’s grown to either work on them or embrace them.Underdog’ isn’t the only track on the album that refers to Lucy’s career and the uplifting ‘Empire’ documents her journey as a musician, touring different places and building a connection with her fans that most musicians can only dream of. It’s one of the things that Spraggan has also touched upon in her memoir which was published this July. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. News of Lucy’s album and book come just weeks after the ‘Roots’ singer announced details of her 2023 headline tour of the UK! If you’ve seen Lucy perform live, you’ll know that audience participation is a huge part of her sets and it’s easy to see which tracks are going to attract those mass singalongs – two being ‘Not Another Travelling Song’ and the album’s penultimate track, ‘Manchester’.



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