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Big Thief


Third album from the indie rock quartet fronted by singer-songwriter Adrianne Lenker and produced by Andrew Sarlo

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  1. 9.2 |   Pitchfork

    The third album from the Brooklyn quartet is an intimate and surreal experience, a true masterpiece of folk music from a band working together at the highest level
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  2. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    As you listen, you feel like it’s telling you not to be afraid if you feel lost, leaving with you the warmth of an embrace, urging you to hold onto the ones you love. You’ve been on a journey and you might just make it home OK. And It sounds absolutely wonderous
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  3. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Big Thief's third album U.F.O.F. is a sublime odyssey where the journey blithely overshadows the destination. U.F.O.F. is an almost perfect album
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  4. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Once again this is Lenker’s record, scored through with a subtlety and intelligence that she has made her calling card
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  5. 9.0 |   Uncut

    There's a mystical bind to UFOF that grips the listener and never lets go. Print edition only

  6. 9.0 |   All Music

    A foray into artful album rock for the band, U.F.O.F.'s shifts in presentation are subtle and seem wholly organic throughout. It's a record deserving of such an evocative title, which captures its dreamily impressionistic yet unsettling nature.
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  7. 9.0 |   The 405

    U.F.O.F. is by no means an album that will grab for your attention, it just rests in the atmosphere like a wavelength, waiting for you to tune in – and you’ll be richly rewarded when you find it
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  8. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    U.F.O.F. is trembling with mystical energy and is truly one of the year's best records
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  9. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    A performance of masterfully honed restraint that perfectly encapsulates their invitation to discover the vast and alien within the seemingly familiar
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  10. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    This album’s blustery whooshes contribute to an otherworldliness not yet wholly strung together on a Big Thief album
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  11. 8.3 |   Earbuddy

    U.F.O.F. is a quiet record with loud moments; an immaculate record with a set of scars; a sad record with bursts of joy. And that has come to define who Big Thief are and what their music is: at their most pure, you can find evidence of just the opposite.
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  12. 8.1 |   Northern Transmissions

    This is strange and courageous music
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  13. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Full of subtle charm, it’s an album of deceptive depths in which to immerse yourself
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  14. 8.0 |   Clash

    An absorbing, mystical voyage that lingers in the memory long after morning has broken and the celestial observer has vanished
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  15. 8.0 |   Q

    A beguiling, constantly surprising record. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    For most Big Thief fans, UFOF is a natural, welcome progression, and one that you likely won’t want to tear yourself away from
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  17. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Though they travel through the darkness spellbound by life’s biggest mysteries, they manage to emerge more at peace than ever
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  18. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Big Thief lead us gently from the beaten path and into the unknown with U.F.O.F., a hypnotic third offering that showcases their courage and chemistry
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  19. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Hypnotic soft guitars mask uneasiness on the New York four-piece’s third album: it really packs a punch
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  20. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    A profound and poised third album, UFOF makes digging deeper seem like a natural calling
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  21. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    A beautiful album, but one that finds Big Thief a little more willing to push their limits, both in terms of abrasiveness and grace
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  22. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Another emotional bruiser from Adrianne Lenker and co
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  23. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's slow to coalesce, but when it does, U.F.O.F. flies. Print edition only

  24. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Even on the band’s third album UFOF, with an audience that has grown exponentially in the past few years, the songs are still immensely intimate affairs
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