• Record Label: 4AD
  • Release Date: May 3, 2019
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
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  1. May 4, 2019
    10
    Man, this album came from out of nowhere, but it has completely stunned me. It is vibrant and gorgeous in every way. It’s an auditory flowery, sunlit meadow. These are some of the most beautiful, lush tracks I’ve heard in years. The beautiful vocals and instrumentals evoke a sense of calm and peace. I was quite stunned after “UFOF” released easier in the year, but I had no idea it wouldn’tMan, this album came from out of nowhere, but it has completely stunned me. It is vibrant and gorgeous in every way. It’s an auditory flowery, sunlit meadow. These are some of the most beautiful, lush tracks I’ve heard in years. The beautiful vocals and instrumentals evoke a sense of calm and peace. I was quite stunned after “UFOF” released easier in the year, but I had no idea it wouldn’t even be the best song on here. That would be “Terminal Paradise,” which might be the most gorgeous song I’ve heard in years. Definitely listen to this! Expand
  2. May 3, 2019
    10
    As someone who has been front and center since their spectacular 2016 debut “Masterpiece”, I have now discovered that album was just a foreshadow to this particular release. Big Thief’s “U.F.O.F.” is a swirling, weightless indie-folk dream. It’s the ultimate combination of musical strengths, poetic lyricism, and a lifetime of experiences. Possibly the greatest indie-folk effort sinceAs someone who has been front and center since their spectacular 2016 debut “Masterpiece”, I have now discovered that album was just a foreshadow to this particular release. Big Thief’s “U.F.O.F.” is a swirling, weightless indie-folk dream. It’s the ultimate combination of musical strengths, poetic lyricism, and a lifetime of experiences. Possibly the greatest indie-folk effort since Neutral Milk Hotel’s, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”. Expand
  3. May 6, 2019
    9
    A fantastic album, the vocals are majestically subtle, the lyrics are simple but punch you right in the face, and it is just a must-listen, I haven't heard anything similar to this.
  4. May 6, 2019
    9
    Pure euphoric bliss, Jenni is a SOTY contender for sure. Every single aspect of this album is filled to the brim with ambition, and the vocals are absolutely on point throughout. One of those albums that reveal themselves one listen at a time
  5. May 8, 2019
    9
    there's a refinement of so many genres from names who certainly inspired big thief in this album (I find myself remembering kate bush and blonde redhead in the first two tracks), it makes it for a new planet in a new galaxy, really an otherworldly experience that makes the name of the album even more appropriate
  6. May 10, 2019
    9
    My first Big Thief album but will not be my last. The voice and lyrics of Lenker are nothing short of something special. Her singing goes from soothing to powerful to fragile but remaining beautiful throughout. Synced and flowing amazingly with the acoustic or electric folk-rock-eqsue accompaniment. Experimentation is often subtle but very present - it gives it a familiar but unique sound.
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88

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. May 16, 2019
    84
    On U.F.O.F., Big Thief embrace their more subtle and mystical sides while capturing a wider array of landscapes--the cosmic (“U.F.O.F.”), bucolic (“Cattails”), domestic (“From”) and urban (“Betsy”).
  2. Q Magazine
    May 14, 2019
    80
    A beguiling, constantly surprising record. [Jul 2019, p.113]
  3. May 13, 2019
    80
    This all may be too intense and striking for some people (the last 70 seconds of closing track Magic Dealer are simply ambient noise), and those who were pulled in by the warm sound of Saddle Creek on the band’s first two albums may find this switch to 4AD to be too jarring. Yet, for most Big Thief fans, UFOF is a natural, welcome progression, and one that you likely won’t want to tear yourself away from.