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Bright Future

Adrianne Lenker

Bright Future

Sixth solo album from the American singer-songwriter and Big Thief lead vocalist produced by frequent collaborator Philip Weinrobe

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Adrianne Lenker's latest solo record Bright Future is raw, unvarnished, and painted in plentiful colour
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  2. 10.0 |   Spill Magazine

    A breathtaking display of evocative and poetic songwriting full of emotional depth and nuance
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  3. 9.7 |   Paste Magazine

    On her enchanting, near-perfect fifth solo album, the singer, songwriter and Big Thief bandleader takes stock of the bonds she’s made and weaves them into her most sterling work to date
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  4. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Lenker has been synthesizing her increasingly hard to pin mix of folk, country, and psychedelia in giant steps with every solo and band release
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  5. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Brimming with personality, wit and wisdom, Lenker has been a master at inward and outward observation throughout her career; her unfiltered mind takes moments so seemingly small and equates them to unknown forces of the supernatural world. It’s Lenker’s restless energy that makes her one of this generations’ most singular songwriters
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  6. 9.0 |   All Music

    Bright Future is the type of no-filter album with enough variety and poignancy that each song is bound to be somebody's favorite
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  7. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    Devastatingly emotional and vulnerable songs confirm the Big Thief lynchpin to be one of the most distinctive and powerful voices of her generation
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  8. 8.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    Adrianne Lenker is a writer of immaculate exactitude and economy, and Bright Future is just the latest example of that
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  9. 8.8 |   Northern Transmissions

    Adrianne Lenker will make you cry with her new album. And that’s not because it’s sad, although in ways it is. It’s because you can feel the natural and honest emotion radiating from the room of Adrienne’s double infinity studio with each song
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  10. 8.4 |   Pitchfork

    Recorded straight to tape with a small group of close confidants, the Big Thief singer’s latest solo album is free-flowing and intuitive, reveling in the space between spontaneity and impermanence
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  11. 8.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    This is a triumphant work from an ascendant artist, and, oh yeah, also one of the finer folk albums of recent years
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  12. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Bright Future’s recording style mirrors the listener’s experience: as time goes on, these songs and the emotions associated with them will inevitably deepen, transmute, and attach themselves to the memory of different people
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  13. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    It’s hard to rank work this personal alongside Lenker’s other releases, but suffice it to say that Bright Future slots in comfortably with everything she has done to date and brings a greater sense of being of a moment in time
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  14. 8.0 |   NME

    One of this generation’s most potent songwriters offers up a beautiful collection of love-filled vignettes
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  15. 8.0 |   Dork

    This is a simply beautiful record
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  16. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Tracks like the gentle, mellifluous “Cell Phone Says” showcase Lenker’s skill with a soulful folk guitar riff, while the lively and finger-picked “Fool” is a standout
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  17. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Lenker collects vivid details and lets them amplify each other, until the deeply personal becomes somehow universal. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The results have the in-the-room intimacy of Lenker's best work. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album feels stunningly natural, with a bucolic sense of quiet and serenity
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  20. 8.0 |   DIY

    Beautiful in its honesty, this feels like a milestone record founded in maturity and grace
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  21. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    A deceptively quiet solo outing from the Big Thief singer carries a vibrant emotional impact
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  22. 7.0 |   A.V. Club

    On Bright Future, Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker proves how much you can do with so little that you don’t need a ton of flash to craft a stunning record
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