No Burden

Lucy Dacus - No Burden
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2016 Ratings: #294 / 886
User Score
Based on 90 ratings
2016 Ratings: #150
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February 26, 2016 / Release Date
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Egghunt / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Her smooth, rich voice dances gracefully over the rougher guitar riffs and drums found all over No Burden, her extremely confident first full-length.

86
Paste

With No Burden, Lucy Dacus challenges the little boxes everyone seems forced into at one time or another, exposing them for the weak material they’re built from. In the process, she’s created a debut record with an abundance of heart that should speak to anyone with a pulse of their own.

83
Pretty Much Amazing

On No Burden, Dacus follows up the stellar opening track with a wonderful debut album full of bigger, bolder slow-burn anthems and subtle epics.

80
Spin

Any Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen RIYLs stemming from Dacus’ dry, triple-distilled delivery do more harm than good when she out-crunches and yes, out-funnies them anyway.

78
Pitchfork

No Burden is an uncommonly warm indie rock record.

70
American Songwriter
She’s letting us in on a private conversation, one in which we’re not eavesdropping but a welcome ear.
70
Loud and Quiet
Immediate and simple in its appeal, ‘No Burden’ displays talent and vision a-plenty.
70
AllMusic

No Burden does leave a melancholy impression. It's one full of warmth and engaging words and melodies, though, all guided by a voice that alone would prompt repeat listens.

60
PopMatters

The effect of the fantastic is initially discombobulating, but leads to a fuller, more satisfying album as a whole.

Mixtape
87
Having listened to her Sophomore album first I felt that this album was better in almost every way. From the lyrics and performances to the rougher and more intimate recording and instrumentation. I will say this has less catchy songs than Historians but i feel this is a stronger body of work.

fav tracks: Strange Torpedo, I don’t wanna be funny anymore, Troublemaker Doppelgänger, .....Familiar place
least fav: Trust
76
1. 8/10
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9. 7/10

album cohesion: 7
album originality: 7

total = 76%
72
Fav Tracks: Strange Torpedo, Direct Address

Not as good as historian imo but a nice debut nonetheless. Makes up for a very easy listen.
rosevean
75
#1 I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore
#4 Strange Torpedo
#8 Direct Address
80
'No Burden' is honest, earnest, familiar, warm, and patient. It transports the listener into a bedroom, a dimly lit one, dankly-colored, and somberly-adorned, as Lucy illustrates just whatever it is she feels compelled to speak on.

Bedroom pop and indie rock don't get much more pleasant than this.
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Track List

  1. I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore
  2. Troublemaker Doppelgänger
  3. Green Eyes, Red Face
  4. Strange Torpedo
  5. Dream State...
  6. Trust
  7. Map on a Wall
  8. Direct Address
  9. ...Familiar Place
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Added on: February 26, 2016