Lucy Dacus has a warm, sonorous voice, the kind of voice that can lull you into feeling safe even when she’s singing about heartbreak, abjection, and death. Her second album, ‘Historian’, builds on the foundation set by her first, the lyrically clever and musically robust ‘No Burden’, as the Virginia songwriter plumbs new thematic depths and broadens her stage.
The album begins with a breakup and climaxes with the death of a loved one, two separate events that Dacus integrates into the same story. She doesn’t merely reckon with loss or paint a portrait of grief; Historian digs deeper than that. It’s an album about the way people carry each other through time.