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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for Brooklyn indie rock band Big Thief was recorded it was recorded in California, Colorado, upstate New York, and Tucson.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 100
    I’m pretty sure that Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You is going to be one of my albums of the year. Because few records managed to be this soothing, and interesting too.
  2. Feb 7, 2022
    91
    This record sounds like four musicians coming together, telepathically attuned to each other’s ideas, reveling in the strange mystery that unfolds when they play together under the same roof—a fragile sanctuary from the collapsing world outside.
  3. Feb 10, 2022
    90
    Dragon is as heavy in its lyrical concerns as any previous Big Thief record, and more ambitious in its musical ideas than all of them. But it also sounds unburdened, animated by a newfound sense of childlike exploration and play.
  4. Feb 14, 2022
    88
    Throughout this adventurous new double-album, Big Thief dives into both the natural and otherworldly, paving new sounds and textures while uncovering new mysteries.
  5. Feb 10, 2022
    80
    It is uniformly confident and generally looser than past releases, but it is no singular thing.
  6. Mojo
    Feb 7, 2022
    80
    Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You is both an album of admirable ambition and a mantra worth repeating until its mysteries are revealed. [Mar 2022, p.81]
  7. Feb 7, 2022
    60
    None of this group of songs are as good as those from her concise solo album, which only sprawled out with the ambient abstractness of its instrumental companion, something new and unheard for her. Here, listless listening is interrupted by the dangerous, mystical Simulation Swarm, saving the record’s back half. Big Thief are at their most beguiling when giving in to weird experiments.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
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  1. Feb 23, 2022
    10
    Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You is going to stay with you for a long time album year a 20 track song craft masterclass each its ownDragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You is going to stay with you for a long time album year a 20 track song craft masterclass each its own little world that comes together in a way I couldn't see until it was done playing over an hour of the best new music of the 2020s I might see dragons but I hare gods! Expand
  2. Feb 15, 2022
    10
    Definitely my favourite album of the year so far. Big Thief are pushing themselves a bit further with this one. It's a big album, and there'sDefinitely my favourite album of the year so far. Big Thief are pushing themselves a bit further with this one. It's a big album, and there's a lot of variety. I love the opener, 'Change', it's beautiful, and the country banger Red Moon is a lot of fun. Expand
  3. Feb 22, 2022
    10
    This was really great, highly innovative lyrics and music, really enjoyed it and want to listen again.
  4. Feb 15, 2022
    9
    This is a record that sounds exactly like how the cover looks. An odd assortment of creatures and people sitting around a bon fire andThis is a record that sounds exactly like how the cover looks. An odd assortment of creatures and people sitting around a bon fire and creating music together...

    The musical communication between the band members here is fantastic. Their chemistry shines through in such a way, that it makes you feel like you are in the room with the band. Just a bunch of hippies jamming out and noodling around, with perfect cohesion.

    I was skeptical of the length of this project, coming in at 1hr20min, but I will say... Shockingly, the sounds and ideas, do not overstay their welcome! Genres span from Folk, to Indie, to country, and often times mixing all three.

    I would like to applaud the band for creating such a cool sounding album for us!

    My favorite songs are, Time Escaping, Little Things, Blurred View, and Simulation Storm.

    Im giving this album a STRONG 9
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  5. Feb 13, 2022
    9
    An album that oozes with creativity and passion. Just a lot of very talented song-writers writing their hearts out with complete creativeAn album that oozes with creativity and passion. Just a lot of very talented song-writers writing their hearts out with complete creative freedom. Big Thief have finally managed to create their opus, and it's comfortable hearing them having a blast, cheerfully laughing and embracing themselves with love. Expand
  6. Apr 5, 2022
    9
    Between Big Thief albums and solo records, the last 6 years have seen Adrianne Lenker produce 7 albums, all of which are hitting theBetween Big Thief albums and solo records, the last 6 years have seen Adrianne Lenker produce 7 albums, all of which are hitting the "brilliance" mark. You'd be forgiven for questioning whether Lenker has struck some kind of Faustian bargain, such is the songwriting power she yields. The only word is supernatural. I'm struggling to think of an artist who is both as prolific and consistent in the same time span. "Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You", Big Thief's 5th album, is a colossus and their masterpiece up to this point. Spanning 20 tracks and 80 minutes, the album covers a wide range of styles from country to folk rock, from lo fi indietronica to raw singer songwriter folk. While it is a monster to consume, it is hard to find any below par tracks and I have found that even the occasional supposed misstep has grown on me the more I listen. At least half of the tracks tread the genius category. "Simulation Swarm" is up there with Mythological Beauty" among my favourite Big Thief tracks and gives a good sense of what the album offers. It's up there with The Beatles (White) in terms of scope and ambition and I have no doubt it will go down as an all time classic. Hard to see where the band can possible go from here. Expand
  7. Mar 7, 2022
    7
    With "Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You" Big Thief succeeds in creating a monumental feature-length masterpiece. The Brooklyn bandWith "Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You" Big Thief succeeds in creating a monumental feature-length masterpiece. The Brooklyn band shows itself more experimental than ever and reassured and complacent at the same time. This combination is incredibly rare and so soothing, soft and loose that it's impossible to dislike it.

    Somehow, everything about this album is a bit too long – which starts with the name and goes over to the playing time. The record's fragile and experimental style sounds unfinished and strained at times. No offense, but after 80 minutes you have simply gone through enough experiments and vocal gradations of Adrianne Lenker.

    My favorites:
    "Little Things"
    "Simulation Swarm"
    "Flower of Blood"

    ~ Fürstenberg
    March 7, 2022
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