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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the indie singer-songwriter features contributions from Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Jun 25, 2021
    92
    Powerful. ... Each song is filled with vividly observed memories and vignettes.
  2. Jun 21, 2021
    90
    Ultimately, it’s less the nuances of Dacus’s writing than her willingness to expose herself and her past so freely—even the most difficult parts—that make the strongest impression on Home Video.
  3. Jun 24, 2021
    90
    At every moment ‘Home Video’ presents a vivid snapshot into an upbringing that fundamentally defines Lucy Dacus’ adulthood. In each tale she finds both loss and hope, a musical representation of the intricate jigsaw of life.
  4. Jun 23, 2021
    80
    Home Video will appeal to Dacus’ existing fan base, but also holds the potential to bring hordes of new fans that will find themselves in the middle of a story not exactly their own.
  5. 80
    Dacus’s warm vocals are as rich and full as ever, between upbeat album singles like “Hot & Heavy” and yearning, piano-driven ballads (“Please Stay”).
  6. 80
    ‘Please Stay’ is wistful and pretty, but largely forgettable, and the surging indie-rock of ‘First Time’ doesn’t quite hold up against the rest of the record. But for the most part, Dacus proves that looking back at your past might make you cringe, but there is beauty and value in those faltering, gawky days.
  7. Jun 28, 2021
    60
    Nothing else on Home Video can match this intensity [on "Thumbs"], but Dacus’s writing retains its forthrightness throughout.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 29, 2022
    10
    Lucy Dacus’s ‘Home Video’, is her best written and best sounding album yet. When I listen to this record I feel so many things, nostalgia,Lucy Dacus’s ‘Home Video’, is her best written and best sounding album yet. When I listen to this record I feel so many things, nostalgia, sadness, hope. My personal favorite tracks are Hot and Heavy, Thumbs, First Time. One of my favorite records of the year. Expand
  2. Jun 30, 2021
    9
    “it’s what you do but it’s not you i blame”
    lucy dacus is a genius holy ****
  3. Jul 13, 2021
    9
    Lucy is a genius. I loved this so much. Her lyrics are heartbreaking at one moment, and the other they make me crack a smile. Great piece of work.
  4. Jul 13, 2021
    9
    Lucy Dacus continues to deliver great music. This collection explores moments in her experiences in Christian youth culture in the 2000s.Lucy Dacus continues to deliver great music. This collection explores moments in her experiences in Christian youth culture in the 2000s. Wonderfully subtle songwriting. Expand
  5. Aug 19, 2021
    8
    Despite being somniferous and monotonous in its vocal delivery and instrumentals, Clairo clearly can write songs and has talent. While thisDespite being somniferous and monotonous in its vocal delivery and instrumentals, Clairo clearly can write songs and has talent. While this won’t be an album I choose to enjoy from start to finish, I can see myself enjoying the songs separately or on a rainy or snowy day. My favorite component of this work is how this album showcases reminders for her and us. When I think of a reaper, I think of the grim reaper and the scythe alongside its connection to death. Clairo pulls us in to remind us and herself of what looms. The three strongest songs on this album are BLOUSE, JUST FOR TODAY, and REAPER. BLOUSE has Clairo asking why she talks about how she is feeling with a particular person when that person is clearly not interested in that as they prefer to go sexual. JUST FOR TODAY is a heavy track covering anxiety, depression, metal health is a long-term struggle, and suicidal thoughts alongside the need to talk about these tough topics in order to move forward. REAPER announces how
    motherhood is likely in Clairo’s future alongside that contrast between her being somebody and producing somebody and sharing things with the future child. There’s also a fear of messing it all up, which is then pushed aside by keeping it a mental exercise. Bambi - 7
    Amoeba - 8 Partridge - 6
    Zinnias - 8 Blouse - 10
    Wade - 7
    Harbor - 8
    Just For Today - 10
    Joanie - N/A Reaper - 10
    Little Changes - 6
    Management - 7 87/110: 79/100 C
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  6. Jun 25, 2021
    7
    The third full-length LP from Lucy Dacus, "Home Video" is one filled with folk musings, nostalgic daydreams, and swaying melodies. DacusThe third full-length LP from Lucy Dacus, "Home Video" is one filled with folk musings, nostalgic daydreams, and swaying melodies. Dacus writes very emotional and poignant lyrics that go well with her folk and soft rock palettes. "Christine" is a particular highlight for me, while "Partner in Crime" and its unnecessary autotune is perhaps the dullest moment in the record, if there was one. Otherwise, this is a great showing by Dacus and highlights why her writing is important and touching. Expand

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