Home Video (album)

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Home Video
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 25, 2021
Lucy Dacus chronology
Home Video
Singles from Home Video
  1. "Thumbs"
    Released: March 9, 2021
  2. "Hot & Heavy"
    Released: April 13, 2021
  3. "VBS"
    Released: May 19, 2021
  4. "Brando"
    Released: June 8, 2021
  5. "Going Going Gone"
    Released: August 7, 2021

Home Video is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus.[4][5][6] It was released on June 25, 2021, via Matador.[7] It was promoted by the singles "Thumbs", "Hot & Heavy", "VBS", "Brando", and "Going Going Gone".


In late February 2021, certain fans of Dacus received a VHS tape of a new song in the mail. On March 9, 2021, the song was released using the title "Thumbs". It had long been a staple of Dacus' live performances prior to its release. Dacus explained the way the song came about in a press release.

Like most songs I write, I wasn't expecting it and it made me feel weird, almost sick.

— Lucy Dacus[8]

Home video footage is used in the album's music videos, as Dacus "wanted to visualize the moment when you first reflect on your childhood, which I think can also be the moment that childhood is over."[9]


Prior to the album's announcement, "Thumbs" was released as the lead single on March 9, 2021. On April 13, 2021, Dacus released the lead single for the album, "Hot & Heavy".[10] The release of "Hot & Heavy" was accompanied by the album's official announcement.[4] Dacus performed the song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.[11] On May 19, 2021, Dacus released the album's third single, "VBS".[10] "Brando" was released as the fourth single on June 8, 2021. The song will be sent to adult alternative radio on June 14, 2021.[12] Dacus will promote the album with a 28-city tour across North America in 2021.[6] A shortened version of "Going Going Gone" was released as a single on August 7, 2021.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[15]
NME4/5 stars[18]
Rolling Stone4.5/5 stars[19]
Slant4.5/5 stars[20]
Tom Hull – on the WebB+ ((2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention))[21]

Home Video was met with widespread critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from professional publications, the album received an average score of 85, based on 18 reviews.[14]

Reviewing for AllMusic, Marcy Donelson wrote that, "With Dacus' warm vocals and melodies leading the way throughout, Home Video is an engrossing set steeped in life lessons and nostalgia."[15] In Clash, Rebecca Sibley declared it "a powerful album" and "another exquisite offering from Lucy Dacus",[16] while Pitchfork's Peyton Thomas appraised it as "a bold statement, a powerful post-adolescent text in its own right".[2] Exclaim! reviewer Dylan Barnabe claimed that, "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."[17] Writing for NME, Rhian Daly believed that, "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."[18] Rolling Stone magazine's Angie Martoccio hailed the album as "her greatest work yet — a cohesive and poignant collection of tales from her teenage years in Richmond, Virginia", with stories "woven like a quilt, with several dark patches reminiscent of her hero Bruce Springsteen's The River".[19] Jeremy Winograd shared similar praise in his review for Slant Magazine, saying that, "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."[20]

In June 2021, Home Video was listed as the 15th best album of the year so far by Stereogum and was included on a similar list by Slant.[22][23]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Lucy Dacus and produced by Lucy Dacus, Colin Pastore, Jacob Blizard, and Jake Finch.

Home Video track listing
1."Hot & Heavy"4:10
3."First Time"4:14
7."Going Going Gone"3:13
8."Partner in Crime"4:38
10."Please Stay"4:19
11."Triple Dog Dare"7:44
Total length:45:36
Japanese edition (bonus track)[24]
12."No Scholar" (2014) 



  • Lucy Dacus (all tracks)
  • Dominic Angelella (tracks 7, 11)
  • Liza Anne (track 7)
  • Drew Baker (track 7)
  • Julien Baker (tracks 7, 10-11)
  • Beans (track 7)
  • Jacob Blizard (all tracks)
  • Phoebe Bridgers (tracks 7, 10)
  • Preston Cochran (track 11)
  • Keilan Creech (tracks 7, 10-11)
  • Camille Faulkner (tracks 1-3)
  • Jake Finch (tracks 1-5, 7-11)
  • Hadley Kennary (track 7)
  • Patrick Hyland (track 7)
  • Marin Leong (track 7)
  • Mitski (track 7)
  • Collin Pastore (tracks 2-3, 11)
  • Scottie Prudhoe (tracks 6, 11)
  • Ali Thibodeau (track 7)
  • Mackenzie Werner (track 11)
  • Harrison Whitford (track 7)


  • Jacob Blizard – producer
  • Preston Cochran – engineer
  • Lucy Dacus – producer
  • Shawn Everett – mixing
  • Jake Finch – producer
  • Bob Ludwig – engineer
  • Collin Pastore – producer
  • Scottie Prudhoe – engineer


Chart performance for Home Video
Chart (2021) Peak
Scottish Albums (OCC)[25] 6
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 85
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[27] 8
US Billboard 200[28] 104
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[29] 9
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[30] 16


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