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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Virginia-based indie singer-songwriter was produced by Collin Pastore and mixed by John Congleton.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Mar 2, 2018
    100
    As good as “No Burden” was, Historian is better: songs like short stories; sneakily hard-hitting arrangements; dreaminess and catharsis, often in the space of a few verses.
  2. Mar 2, 2018
    90
    Historian is a complete album, cavernous in its emotional depths and regally sophisticated in its songwriting, yet palatably relatable at the point of contact. It’s a work of perfectly realised ambition in which anyone who’s ever waded the swamp of heartache can recognise themselves.
  3. Mar 2, 2018
    87
    At 23, Dacus has already made a career album with Historian, and she’s really only just getting started.
  4. Uncut
    Feb 28, 2018
    80
    Historian fulfills all the promises of 2015's No Burden. [Apr 2018, p.26]
  5. Mar 2, 2018
    80
    Even as Lucy deals with massive topics including death, hope, and major life transitions, she offers listeners entry points back into their own worlds, all while strengthening her already taut grip on rustling, soul-blemished rock.
  6. Mar 2, 2018
    75
    Historian stumbles occasionally, with some songs taking a while to get up the hill, but it’s rewarding because it carries such weight and commands such attention.
  7. Mar 14, 2018
    50
    It’s as though Dacus’s best parts have been filtered through a focus group--just imagine what it could have been with the patina scraped off.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 13, 2018
    8
    On her newest venture 'Historian', Lucy Dacus reaches peak songwriting potential, rivaling the sounds of Regina Spektor and A Fine Frenzy.