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Big Thief


Second album from the indie rock quartet fronted by singer-songwriter Adrianne Lenker

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Saddle Creek
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  1. 9.0 |   The Music

    A beautiful display of songwriting
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  2. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    While its melodies float weightlessly, the songs are taught and full of unreleased tension
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Both a logical successor to Masterpiece as well as a great leap forward
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  4. 9.0 |   The 405

    An album brimming over with emotion and love, giving us a sharp and unforgettable insight into this person’s acute view of the human condition
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  5. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    From Capacity emanates a maturity and refinement that sounds of a group of musicians truly hitting their stride
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  6. 8.5 |   Earbuddy

    Lacking any gimmicks or conceits, Big Thief's new album is outstanding
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  7. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    Beautifully excavates family history and trauma into a delicate, intricately built folk rock record, showcasing the gorgeous style of singer Adrianne Lenker
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  8. 8.2 |   Gig Soup

    A confident progression from album one; full of rawness, moments of beauty, and lots of songs and lyrics you’ll want to go back to
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  9. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Big Thief's sophomore release takes on a more reserved sound without sacrificing emotional, quality songwriting
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  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Big Thief aren’t the sort of band that will always hit you suddenly, such is their subtlety and restraint, but on Capacity they prove that when they do it’s powerful and memorable
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  11. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Where debut album Masterpiece wrapped up their sadness in punch-drunk vignettes about stale beer and piss, Capacity explores their songs’ inherent melancholy more fully
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  12. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Ambiguity and intensity is there from the start
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  13. 8.0 |   All Music

    There's plenty more heavy material to uncover (including a song called "Coma"), though it's all wrapped in a captivating musicality that combines the power of folk storytelling, poetry, and rock angst
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  14. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    A band who was once disinterested in getting somewhere is now proceeding with much haste, eager to discover where it takes them
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  15. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Funny, propulsive, queer, dissonant, and utterly intoxicating, it gilds a record to put on next time some stooge tells you indie rock is dead
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  16. 8.0 |   Prefix

    Big Thief's Capacity is a harrowing yet hopeful record, but also an impressive step forward
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  17. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Capacity may not be breaking any new boundaries. But with a songwriter as undeniable as Lenker, it doesn’t need to
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  18. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Adrianne Lenker peels back the "pretty things" to find a more interesting truth
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  19. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Simply a better record than Masterpiece. No contest. The catchy songs are catchier; the melodies are tighter; the peaks and troughs dip higher and lower
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  20. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Midway, things meander, after Adrianne Lenker's pellucid vocals twists and turns. Print edition only

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