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  • Summary: The second release in 2019 for the Brooklyn folk-influenced rock band led by Adrianne Lenker was recorded live.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
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  1. 100
    Two Hands is Big Thief’s best to date, and undoubtedly one of the best of the year.
  2. 91
    Capping one of the strongest years a rock band has had in a while, this stands as a crowning achievement, the perfect record to close out a tumultuous decade and lead into one where the damage may be irreversible. Two Hands asks what responsibility each of us have going into the next era, offering no clear answers.
  3. Oct 11, 2019
    90
    The more Big Thief zoom in, the more magical they sound.
  4. Oct 8, 2019
    80
    A raw, primitive nod to the planet we inhabit and our connection to it.
  5. Oct 11, 2019
    80
    You can’t say that Two Hands is an overtly hopeful album, but it is far from hopeless. Rather, it is realistic and grounded. Big Thief’s restraint in adding the production wizardry they showcased on U.F.O.F. is a key move to making the songs of Two Hands really hit their mark.
  6. Oct 10, 2019
    80
    While it's hard to talk about Two Hands in 2019 without the context of the stunning U.F.O.F., the album's quality stands on its own, offering its own grade of intimacy, sound, and feel for alternate moods.
  7. Q Magazine
    Oct 7, 2019
    60
    The main distinction is the relative lack of spellbinding melodies. [Nov 2019, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. Oct 14, 2019
    10
    I have not been this inspired by an album in a while. Two Hands is truly great! Definitely Big Thief's best work!
  2. Oct 12, 2019
    10
    This album paints a raw landscape that is both warm and painful. Instrumentally it is superb, with a guitar solo on the song "Not" that is oneThis album paints a raw landscape that is both warm and painful. Instrumentally it is superb, with a guitar solo on the song "Not" that is one to be remembered. Lyrically it soars, delivered through the unshakably real and heartbreaking performance by Adrianne Lenker. Two Hands is a package of songs that is an immediately profound and meaningful experience. A historical moment for the band and this year in indie music. Expand
  3. Oct 23, 2019
    9
    Big Thief does it again. I can't really find anything t complain about this album. Just like with UFOF, this album is near perfect. Can't waitBig Thief does it again. I can't really find anything t complain about this album. Just like with UFOF, this album is near perfect. Can't wait to see how they progress from here.

    Favorite Tracks: Forgotten Eyes, Two Hands, The Toy, Replaced

    Least Favorite: N/A (if I had to pick one I guess, maybe Wolf)
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  4. Oct 11, 2019
    9
    Man is 2019 the year for Big Thief! I like this more than U.F.O.F., and I loved that album.
  5. Nov 6, 2019
    8
    Big Thief somehow manage to release another great album less than 6 months after the amazing "U.F.O.F". "Two Hands" is a different beast andBig Thief somehow manage to release another great album less than 6 months after the amazing "U.F.O.F". "Two Hands" is a different beast and very much a separate album. Big Thief, in their lo fi indie folk world are already pretty stripped down but "Two Hands" is to use Lenker's own words "bare bones". The raw materials that are the songs are left exposed completely to sink or swim. This gives the album quite a vulnerable feel and the listener can feel like they are in the room with the band belting out the songs. It's a brave move from the band and clearly shows an outfit fully confident and aware that they are in a rich vein of form. "U.F.O.F" is one of my favourite albums of 2019 and while I would have to say I prefer it's broader and fuller sound, "Two Hands" is a worthy follow up, even more so considering it comes so hot on its heels. The capture of the live performance is impressive. Perhaps an even better album could have been produced with a bit more breathing room and space between albums but I'm definitely not complaining. Expand
  6. Oct 11, 2019
    8
    The less polished and more raw version of it's counterpart. Lenker sounds a lot more passionate and less dreamy, which creates a sound moreThe less polished and more raw version of it's counterpart. Lenker sounds a lot more passionate and less dreamy, which creates a sound more emotionally resonant. The songs feel more tense in general, but extremely accessisble. Expand
  7. Oct 23, 2019
    7
    More restrained and minimal than U.F.O.F., a little bit more acoustic sessions gave soothing and calming environment. Good album overall.