Album review: Lucy Dacus – Home Video
A captivating collection of stories
Lucy Dacus, a freelance singer-songwriter, recently released her third album, Home video. The album contains 11 honest storytelling tracks. She explores topics ranging from relationships and innocence to religion. Each story is told in a creative and sophisticated way that demands the attention of the listener.
The first track on the album, “Hot & Heavy”, starts off softly with simple accompaniment and a relaxing melody. The song intensifies as the guitars come in and the song gets full. Her voice is soft and similar to that of Maggie Rogers, while her accompaniment and writing resembles that of Phoebe Bridgers. Not only is her sound sophisticated, but her lyrics are too. “Hot & Heavy” explores personal growth in an emotional and introspective way. She sings about visiting old places and feeling out of place because she’s passed them. Her lyrics showcase her talent and sophistication as a songwriter and artist, as she eloquently explores relatable and emotional subjects.
On the third track, “First Time,” the distorted guitar begins the song with an independent rock sound. The song is catchy and the lyrics are fast. She sings about falling in love for the first time and how those emotions can consume all the thoughts in them. The lyrics tell the story of these feelings and how they can lead to discovering more about yourself. The fast lyrics and guitar match the surge of emotions depicted in the song, creating a cohesive story in every element of the song.
On “VBS”, Dacus sings about one of his experiences at Vacation Bible School. She grew up in a religious family. This song explores religion but mainly focuses on her relationship with a boy she met at Vacation Bible School. He is described as having no deep connection to religion and being more drawn to drugs and Slayer. She sings about how she thought she could save him. This song has an interesting story that is eloquently told.
“Going Going Gone” is the seventh track on the album and tells another personal story. The lyrics explore the idea of fathers trying to protect their innocent daughters as they start to grow up. She begins to tell the story of herself and a boy, Daniel, who she dated. Her father tries to protect her since he was once a boy and knows what they are capable of. The story continues in verse three to describe Daniel after he grows up and tries to protect his own daughter from boys like him. The story of the song keeps the listener engaged while they wait to find out what will happen and bring the story to a close. The lyrics are accompanied by a simple guitar which creates a sad, nostalgic and innocent sound similar to the lyrics.
“Brando” is another track full of stories about Home video. She tells the story of a friendship she had in high school with a boy full of himself. The song has many references to old movies, as it tried to introduce it to pop culture and the media. She sings about the fact that he never really knew her and that he wasn’t as interesting as he thought he was. The lyrics are smart as she uses movie references and quotes to explain their relationship and personality. The lyrics are paired with independent accompaniment that resembles the soundtrack of a teenage coming-of-age movie. Every aspect of the song fits its message and lyrics perfectly, creating an intriguing story.
Each track on Home video tells a new story in a sophisticated way that keeps the listener enthralled from start to finish.