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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Brooklyn indie rock band led by Adrianne Lenker was produced by Andrew Sarlo.
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Shark Smile
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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jun 13, 2017
    90
    Overall Capacity is 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.
  2. Jun 7, 2017
    90
    Capacity 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.
  3. Jun 8, 2017
    85
    From Capacity emanates a maturity and refinement that sounds of a group of musicians truly hitting their stride. It's a resounding reinforcement of Big Thief's special connection and distinctive spirit through songs that sink in, disrupt, and last.
  4. Jun 6, 2017
    80
    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.
  5. Jun 14, 2017
    80
    More 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.
  6. Jun 8, 2017
    80
    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. In the case of Capacity, it's a quiet power.
  7. Mojo
    Jun 6, 2017
    60
    Midway, things meander, after Adrianne Lenker's pellucid vocals twists and turns. [Jul 2017, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 15, 2017
    10
    This 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
  2. Jul 7, 2017
    9
    This 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.
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  3. Nov 4, 2019
    8
    Opener "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

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