Published Feb 24, 2016When Lucy Dacus begins to sing, you immediately hear the wonderful contrast between her voice and the music. Her smooth, rich voice dances gracefully over the rougher guitar riffs and drums found all over No Burden, her extremely confident first full-length. The contrast puts the spotlight on her lyricism, simple, straightforward words that pack a punch, with moments of subtle philosophy peppered throughout. On "Troublemaker Doppelganger," a song dealing with the dark part of everyone, Dacus laments, "No child is born knowing there's an ugly or evil thing."
Out of all the exceptional music on No Burden, the standout hit is first single "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore," which hits not just with its driving, Strokes-ish guitar, but the emotional power of Dacus's words, packaged in her beautiful, soaring vocals.
If Lucy Dacus and peers such as Courtney Barnett and the War On Drugs are the future of rock'n'roll, then it's in good hands. (Egghunt Records)