Music Review: Lucy Spraggan – I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing

Lucy Spraggan. Remember her? The quirky X Factor (2012) contestant who got tongues wagging with a spunky song about tea and toast? Four years after releasing her first record, the talented musician is back with her fourth album, ‘I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing’, which will be released on January 27th through CTRL Records.

Lucy is what you’d call a rare gem of the music industry; a genuine singer/songwriter to emerge from the murky depths of the TV talent show scene. Following initial fame on The X Factor, Lucy has spent the past few years carefully honing her craft and developing as a credible music artist. Through gigging and sampling her new material on thousands of adoring fans across the country, she has managed to craft an album that possesses the coveted quality so many music releases lack; human interest.

On writing ‘I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing’, Lucy says: “I didn’t plan anything. I just wrote how I felt”. If only it was that simple; we’d all be musical geniuses. Lucy may be understated and modest as an individual but her songwriting on this album does pack a punch. Lyrics range from the witty to the poignant which, combined with catchy melodies, create a collection of songs perfect for parties, road trips, and hideous rush-hour commutes.

Notable songs on ‘I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing’ include ‘Dear You’, a melancholy piano-ballad that tugs at those pesky heart strings, ‘Freddos Aren’t 10p’, a track that tackles issues that are most important to the British population, and ‘Modern Day Frankenstein’, a captivating creation that winds the album down perfectly.

What’s clear is there is a gaping hole in the music industry for a credible, female singer/songwriter who can clearly convey a variety of emotions through their music. Is that hole Lucy Spraggan shaped? I think so.

Lucy Spragan will release new album ‘I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing’ on January 27th

Catch her live at the following shows:


1 Norwich The Waterfront
2 London KOKO
3 Cardiff Students’ Union Y Plas
4 Manchester O2 Ritz
6 Edinburgh Queen’s Hall
7 Newcastle University Student’s Union
8 Sheffield Leadmill
9 Birmingham O2 Institute
10 Nottingham Rock City
12 Glasgow O2 ABC
13 Hull The Welly
15 Oxford O2 Academy2
16 Brighton Concorde 2

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