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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Virginia singer-songwriter was recorded in one day.
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...Familiar Place
I came through the backyard. You let the garden die. How did I get here? How did I get here? What did I do to deserve this? The mountain was taller... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Mar 18, 2016
    90
    Her smooth, rich voice dances gracefully over the rougher guitar riffs and drums found all over No Burden, her extremely confident first full-length.
  2. Sep 9, 2016
    86
    With No Burden, Lucy Dacus challenges the little boxes everyone seems forced into at one time or another, exposing them for the weak material they’re built from. In the process, she’s created a debut record with an abundance of heart that should speak to anyone with a pulse of their own.
  3. 83
    On No Burden, Dacus follows up the stellar opening track with a wonderful debut album full of bigger, bolder slow-burn anthems and subtle epics.
  4. Mar 18, 2016
    80
    “Direct Address” fails to make sticking mantras of “Honesty is like a kiss on the lips” or “I don’t believe in first sight” or “I fall in love with everyone I see,” but there’s plenty of promise here that she’ll move past them, and it’s sometimes fulfilled.
  5. Sep 30, 2016
    78
    No Burden's Nineties crunch plus its writer's youthful sageness/naiveté fosters a propitious career launch.
  6. Mar 18, 2016
    78
    No Burden is an uncommonly warm indie rock record.
  7. Sep 6, 2016
    60
    As far as the music goes, rhythm guitar is the foundation here, and it ranges from Strokes-ian down strokes to slow-core. The drums are mixed prominently, giving adequate room to Dacus’ towering voice. The lead guitar is mixed oddly low, though. Many times throughout the album, when a blast of lead guitar is expected, we get it, but dang is it quiet and a little deflating.

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