I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore - Lucy Dacus

from the album No Burden (2016)

As readers of this blog may remember, I have a mild obsession with Track One on an artist's debut album.  This is their declarative statement.  Their artistic manifesto.  Blitzkreig Bop by The Ramones.  Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix.  Break On Through by The Doors.  The list is long.

I also believe that women represent the future of rock and roll.  For men, most conceivable archetypes have been explored.  Very little room is left for anything but retreads.  However, that is not the case with women.  They are more nuanced, offering more possibilities than the bad girl, or the party girls that we typically find.  The future is theirs.

I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore is the Track One on Lucy Dacus' debut album, No Burden.  Here, in the wrapper of a singer-songwriter, she presents herself as a master of many domains.  Raw & Powerful.  Melodic & Orchestral.  Yearning & Intelligent.

The lyrics and driving with-note rhythm are what initially hook me.  However, as I listen deeper, the song structure, the maximum effectiveness of minimal drumming, the vocal and instrumental dynamics, and the simplicity of the lead guitar break all grab me and leave me wanting more.

Click Here to watch the official music video to I Don't Want To Be Funny Anymore.