- Summary: The second full-length release for the Brooklyn indie rock band led by Adrianne Lenker was produced by Andrew Sarlo.
- Record Label: Saddle Creek Records
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
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|She was a shark smile in a yellow van She came around and I stole a glance In my youth, a vampire Evelyn shown quiet as roses sting It came over me...||See the rest of the song lyrics|
Jun 7, 2017Capacity is both a logical successor to Masterpiece as well as a great leap forward for Big Thief. The chemistry that Lenker and her band have established on album number two is extraordinarily strong, but no matter how good they get, her songwriting seems as though it will forever be raw to the core.
Jun 14, 2017More ambitious in execution, but just as considered, she’s just beginning to dig from past experiences instead of writing a collection of short stories. That way of thinking goes in tangent with the rest of Big Thief, who are also emboldening their compositions with a wider palette.
MojoJun 6, 2017Midway, things meander, after Adrianne Lenker's pellucid vocals twists and turns. [Jul 2017, p.96]
Positive: 4 out of 4
Mixed: 0 out of 4
Negative: 0 out of 4
Jun 15, 2017This album worth every single second to hear it, Shark Smile and Mthological Beaty are so essential to start enjoy that, whole album won'tThis album worth every single second to hear it, Shark Smile and Mthological Beaty are so essential to start enjoy that, whole album won't take your earphones off… Expand
Jul 7, 2017This will be unlike most of my reviews, for I'm not going to review this album track-by-track (basically, I'm just going to write a reallyThis will be unlike most of my reviews, for I'm not going to review this album track-by-track (basically, I'm just going to write a really broad summary instead this time)... and as of this point, I haven't listened to it yet... so, if you want to hear my opinion (which is only worth what you think it's worth) keep scrolling down.
My opinion: I'll be honest, I'm not a sucker for people who have voices who sound exceptional, let alone the fact that I don't like many female vocalists (except for Courtney Barnett and... actually I feel really bad that that's the only other one I like) but I must say that the voice Adrianne Lenker never becomes overbearing and fits the music very well... as for the actual music. At first it starts off very sparse and calm in the first track, and then goes absolutely **** nuts in the second song, and from that point forward, it's a great **** album. The lyrics are very interesting from both a metaphorical and literal standpoint, and after looking up the meaning of the lyrics to Shark Smile, I must say that I feel like a dumbass for not getting it. Despite the fact that the instrumentation is scratchy at points, it never becomes overbearing (unlike HAIM's new album... I really hope I forget about that one.) This band is also unafraid to turn a simple song into something sinister when you least expect it, and may soon become leaders in indie rock experimentation. It's mind-blowing to me how quiet the guitars manage to sound despite the fact that they basically command the album. When I started listening to the percussion, I was surprised at how well it was rolling along with the rhythms of the guitars and the singer. It almost made it sound as powerful as a band like U2 (especially in the track Capacity)... at least if they were also an indie rock band. The only reason as to why I didn't give this album a perfect score, was because I thought that the vocalist was holding back a little bit, and although the restraining and vulnerability of the voice can also be appealing, it never really broke out too much... that opinion may change when I choose to watch live performances of songs from this album but for now, that is my opinion on this album.… Expand
Nov 4, 2019Opener "Pretty Things" is essentially Adrianne Lenker (fast becoming the queen of my world) solo delivering a restrained yet achinglyOpener "Pretty Things" is essentially Adrianne Lenker (fast becoming the queen of my world) solo delivering a restrained yet achingly beautiful folk ballad. "Shark Smile", something you'd expect from peak Ryan Adams, introduces the rest of the band as they steadily thump through this mid tempo rocker but with screeching guitars coming in and out every now and again. Title track is classic indie folk rock. Everything this band do seems straightforward and simple yet the end product is so sublime you are left wondering what kind of folk magic they are practicing. The next few songs are steady, adding to the general atmosphere and feel of the record. "Great White Shark" gets the ears peaked before the album highlight and very aptly named song "Mythological Beauty" kicks in. This is very much where the album peaks but the album still maintains a startlingly high level of songwriting quality. Thumbs up.… Expand
Nov 16, 2021Smart and enriched. A collection of traumatic storys,most true given sincere space to unwind. No filler all killer. "Mythological Beauty" is aSmart and enriched. A collection of traumatic storys,most true given sincere space to unwind. No filler all killer. "Mythological Beauty" is a terrifying biography of Adrienne mother with a very forgiving perspective. The unsettling "watering" emphasise the vulnerability of being stalked. "Mary " is a heart wrenching ode to a family member. This is the 1st of many wins for big thief… Expand
Published: November 27, 2017Over the next month, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from over 200 music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find individual lists and this year's cumulative rankings inside.
|Motomami - Rosalía|
|Supernova - Nova Twins|
|Ants From Up There - Black Country, New Road|
|Prince & the Revolution: Live [Remastered] - Prince and the Revolution|
|Heart Under - Just Mustard|
|Feeding the Machine - Binker & Moses|
|Dear Scott - Michael Head & the Red Elastic Band|
|Proof - BTS|
|Big Time - Angel Olsen|
|Dawn FM - The Weeknd|
|Forever on My Mind - Son House|
|Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You - Big Thief|
|Tresor - Gwenno|
|This Is a Photograph - Kevin Morby|
|For You Who Are the Wronged - Kathryn Joseph|
|Summer at Land's End - The Reds, Pinks & Purples|
|Electricity - Ibibio Sound Machine|
|Wet Leg - Wet Leg|
|Sun's Signature [EP] - Sun's Signature|
|LIFE ON EARTH - Hurray for the Riff Raff|