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Adrianne Lenker


Fourth full-length release by American singer-songwriter and Big Thief lead vocalist

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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    It's an invitation to peer into the hidden spaces of an extraordinary modern songwriter, where calm and quiet moments prompt superlative work. Print edition only

  2. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Lenker is an incredible talent, and the fact that she is still relatively young is a pretty exciting prospect when she’s this consistently great
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  3. 8.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Lenker has proved herself to be one of the most captivating songwriters, not just in indie-folk, but of the present day. Providing newfound comfort and warm familiarity, abysskiss is a record that will quickly find its way into your heart and slowly caress your soul
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  4. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    By the time the consistently pleasing play comes to an end, you're thoroughly settled into the environs she has spun. Even when some songs leave you thinking there's a better, fuller version out there, abysskiss coalesces around its imperfections
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  5. 8.0 |   The 405

    The perpetual motion of her moods is woven into the very fabric of the delicate but powerful abysskiss. Although the lyrics are often abstract, they document the personal travails of these times, and she described the completion of the album by saying “another skin is being shed." All of this speaks to Adrianne Lenker’s preternatural gift (practically a necessity) for songwriting, and the way that she devotes body and mind to her music
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  6. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The latest album from the Big Thief singer evokes a singular, solitary chill. With a great imagination for melody, Lenker conjures a world of mingled trauma and love
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  7. 8.0 |   DIY

    Her stories worm their way into your consciousness immediately
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    Across the record, Lenker covers big emotions and small moments, noticing horse tails, eyelashes, and silences. The immediacy of the performances has the effect of eavesdropping on a late-night living room lament
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  9. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    In ten aptly small songs Adrianne evokes our ability to vanish at the feet of nature, creating a black hole all of her own that’s both comforting and suffocating
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  10. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Big Thief's Adrianne Lenker is restless, inquisitive and haunting on abysskiss, her first solo effort in four years
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  11. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It lacks the knockout blow of Big Thief, but undoubtedly affirms Lenker’s status as one of today’s vital songwriters
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  12. 7.8 |   Earbuddy

    There’s no theatrics, and these songs don’t feel performed as much as they feel conjured out of Lenker’s spirit. Sure that feels pretentious, but it’s hard to hear these songs and think of Lenker fooling around with one section’s chorus, or the timing of a guitar part
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  13. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    Lenker’s latest feels like a stopgap moment, a documentation of a songwriter working through her endless future artistic directions at the very peak of her ability
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  14. 7.0 |   The Music

    A sense of mystery and wonder that draws the listener into her intimate world of song
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  15. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    abysskiss continues to keep Lenker's songwriting hot streak going — more than enough to tide us over until the next Big Thief record
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  16. 6.0 |   NME

    Big Thief singer Adrianne Lenker returns with this melancholy solo project, a raw, vulnerable, confessional record
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