No Burden
Lucy Dacus - No Burden
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2016 Ratings: #158 / 721
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
2016 Ratings: #69
Your Review

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.

Jan 7, 2018
85
'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.
Jan 5, 2017
80
One of the most promising indie rock debuts of the year. Lucy Dacus stunned with "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore," a preternaturally well-executed debut single, and delivers on this promise with a witty and charming set of tunes that sound breezy and relaxing, often belying a dark or troubled message. Drags a tiny bit at the end, but still a strong rookie of the year candidate.
Aug 3, 2016
winitheju
86
a beautiful charming album from an artist whose voice feels both unique and very familiar
Jul 9, 2016
82
Richmond, Virginia's Lucy Dacus has a simplistic approach that reaps fantstic results. From the lush indie rock sound Dacus embraces, it's not how it's play, but how two distinct edges clash so gracefully. The raw guitars mixed with the rich voice of Dacus creates a warm but layered album.

Favorite tracks: I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore, Troublemaker Doppelganger, Strange Torpedo
Jun 26, 2016
76
a fun warm and relaxing album
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


Added on: February 26, 2016