• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Jun 25, 2021
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. Jun 25, 2021
    92
    Powerful. ... Each song is filled with vividly observed memories and vignettes.
  2. Jun 25, 2021
    90
    Dacus’ lyricism is pushed farther on Home Video than ever before, with each song contributing its own characters and memories and developing a work tight and succinct enough to be called a concept album. ... Even more importantly, she has proven once again that she is amongst her generation’s strongest lyricists.
  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 22, 2021
    90
    Home Video is her greatest work yet — a cohesive and poignant collection of tales from her teenage years in Richmond, Virginia. These stories are woven like a quilt, with several dark patches reminiscent of her hero Bruce Springsteen’s The River.
  5. 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.
  6. Jun 21, 2021
    90
    Dacus has long been heralded for her ability as a raconteur, and Home Video further cements this reputation. It is a deeply personal album filled with raw vignettes of young adulthood that claw at our collective consciousness.
  7. Jul 29, 2021
    80
    With catchy melodies and always engaging writing, the record brings Dacus’ early era to a sort of summation, a realization of what’s been coming, yet without any sense of her artistic momentum slowing down.
  8. Jul 29, 2021
    80
    This is a memory album that is touched with love but almost entirely free of cheap nostalgia. It comes from a long way away, using everything Dacus has learned since to capture her experiences clearly, with art but without too much ornamentation.
  9. Jul 1, 2021
    80
    Home Video is a vibrant, unsparing celebration of life's many chapters and what it means to be human: flaws, doubts and all.
  10. Jun 28, 2021
    80
    Home Video is also Dacus’ most immediate, accessible album to date. While the general tone is quite downbeat, but she can switch to crunchy power-pop on tracks like Hot & Heavy and First Time.
  11. Jun 25, 2021
    80
    With Dacus' warm vocals and melodies leading the way throughout, Home Video is an engrossing set steeped in life lessons and nostalgia.
  12. 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”).
  13. Jun 23, 2021
    80
    A powerful album, confirming Home Video as another exquisite offering from Lucy Dacus.
  14. 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.
  15. Jun 23, 2021
    80
    Here, her wise brand of rock music blooms into something even more palpable, relatable and beautifully messy.
  16. 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.
  17. Mojo
    Jun 21, 2021
    80
    Dacus finds the pages of her diary she just can't shake, turning them into songs that are destined to stay with you, too. [Jul 2021, p.78]
  18. Jun 21, 2021
    80
    Home Video is Dacus at her most autobiographical and lyrically direct. [Jul 2021, p.28]
  19. Jun 21, 2021
    80
    Home Video is intimate, occasionally discomfiting, and, most of all, brave – the sound of an artist choosing to be at her most vulnerable, in front of a bigger following than she’s ever had before.
  20. Jul 1, 2021
    78
    Home Video is undeniably a Lucy Dacus album; one that’s a reflection of not only the rise of her star but of the ever-growing liberation that comes with emotional vulnerability.
  21. Jun 24, 2021
    77
    Home Video is a bold statement, a powerful post-adolescent text in its own right.
  22. Jul 19, 2021
    70
    Home Video is a more noticeably more mellow affair. Musically, it can be a little thin. Her strength as a lyricist is unwavering, even on her sparest, most nondescript ballads (Thumbs). But, as perkier indie-rock tunes like First Time and Brando prove, her careful arpeggios can also shine when she lets a little looser.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 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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  2. 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. Full Review »
  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.