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Lucy Dacus, 'Historian'
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Lucy Dacus, 'Historian'

We Say: These songs are confessional but not diaristic, her lyrics sound like half of a conversation in which Dacus lets fly with discursive bon mots about the more terrifying prospects of companionship and community, anxiously poking around in the lingering wounds of bonds both romantic and familial. "Who knew one day it would be so hard to have you by my side?" Dacus sings on "Addictions." These are glorious little ghost stories wrapped up in love songs, where the 23-year-old artist seems to be weighing who she's becoming versus what she's inherited. J. Hopper

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