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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the Brooklyn folk-influenced rock band led by Adrianne Lenker.
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Years, days, makes no difference to me babe You look exactly the same to me Ain't no time crossing your legs inside your diner Raising the coffee to... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
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  1. May 31, 2016
    82
    Big Thief ultimately nail the different shades of reckoning and self-introspection on their Saddle Creek debut. Many listeners will no doubt identify with and see pieces of their own struggles inside this album.
  2. Jun 6, 2016
    80
    What makes Masterpiece such an engrossing listen is how they regulate the songs to their bare essentials even when they’re at their most dynamic.
  3. Jun 22, 2016
    80
    There are times when Lenker approaches Marissa Nadler’s eerie otherworldliness, though not for long. ... Couple that with a really good, dense, aggressive musical attack, led by Meek, but supported by bassist Max Oleartchik and drummer James Krivchenia, and you’ve got something special, especially in the more rock-oriented tunes like “Masterpiece,” “Humans” and, especially “Paul.”
  4. Jun 6, 2016
    77
    What doesn’t work as much are the attempts to make Masterpiece feel overly homemade.
  5. Jun 2, 2016
    76
    Modern folk fans take note; it’s not every day we get the pleasure of hearing such an accomplished debut.
  6. Uncut
    May 25, 2016
    70
    Big Thief are at their best when the instruments step back and create a mellower platform from which Lenker can dominate. [Jul 2016, p.69]
  7. Jun 14, 2016
    70
    There are a couple of missteps here and there, but the good stuff is really accomplished. Masterpiece is full of solid, low-key indie rock with rootsy leanings and should have no trouble quickly finding an audience for Big Thief.

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  1. Jun 1, 2016
    10
    Every song with their own story, told through incredible songwriting and a poignant atmosphere. The human condition contained in a musicalEvery song with their own story, told through incredible songwriting and a poignant atmosphere. The human condition contained in a musical road trip. A moving, intimate yet sprawling, emotionally satisfying record. Expand
  2. May 30, 2016
    4
    Its okay But listening to this after radio-heads moon shaped pool I can tell how much of a difference in quality there is between these twoIts okay But listening to this after radio-heads moon shaped pool I can tell how much of a difference in quality there is between these two artists and their music Expand