Lydia Loveless: Daughter (Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late) | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Lydia Loveless


Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late

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Lydia Loveless has come a long way from the country punk wild child of albums like 2011’s Indestructible Machine and even its more mature follow up, 2014’s Somewhere Else. By 2016’s Real, Loveless’ transformation into pop was almost complete. With Daughter, her first album on her own Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late Records label, her transformation is 100% confirmed. 

In many ways, Daughter echoes Real. These are Fleetwood Mac-esque pop ballads that rely on Loveless’ inimitable voice and introspective songwriting. But unlike older albums, most of the songs on Daughter lack the same punch as even the songs on the similarly-textured Real. The album has its moments: the beautiful interplaying vocal lines on “Can’t Think,” the lyrical bite of “Wringer,” the soul baring of the title track. In fact, Loveless’ acerbic lyrics continue to be her best songwriting attribute. The one truly transcendent moment on Daughter is the bare, piano-driven ballad “September,” where Loveless plumbs the depths of her soul with poetic lyricism, nuance of meaning, and poignancy. On “September,” Lydia Loveless is at her best. (

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