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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Brooklyn indie rock band led by Adrianne Lenker was produced by Andrew Sarlo.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. May 6, 2019
    92
    Their third and undoubtedly best album, U.F.O.F., a mesmerizing flood of life filtered down into a concentrated drip.
  2. May 2, 2019
    90
    A foray into artful album rock for the band, U.F.O.F.'s shifts in presentation are subtle and seem wholly organic throughout. It's a record deserving of such an evocative title, which captures its dreamily impressionistic yet unsettling nature.
  3. May 21, 2019
    85
    The band has flipped the script and turned the focus inwards, reflecting on the unfathomable that pervades our every moment and delivering a performance of masterfully honed restraint that perfectly encapsulates their invitation to discover the vast and alien within the seemingly familiar.
  4. Mojo
    May 1, 2019
    80
    It's slow to coalesce, but when it does, U.F.O.F. flies. [Jun 2019, p.86]
  5. 80
    Full of subtle charm, it’s an album of deceptive depths in which to immerse yourself.
  6. May 3, 2019
    80
    Now and then, the band delve back into their previous, less rarefied styles. ... Those diversions create moments of gut-wrenching contrast, making hackneyed rock tropes feel surprising again--proof that with this softening of their sound, Big Thief have alighted upon something that packs a real punch.
  7. May 24, 2019
    70
    It feels darker an offering than some of their earlier work, more textured and full of otherworldly sound effects that often only become obvious on multiple listens.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 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 aAs 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
  2. May 27, 2019
    10
    Supposed to be just another day today. Then this entered my life. Great day. I would say that tracks two and three made the day. Then iSupposed to be just another day today. Then this entered my life. Great day. I would say that tracks two and three made the day. Then i hear 4 and 5, then betsy then Jenni, and **** it; just an unexpectedly perfect album. Also Lawn by Jawbreaker is cool too. Expand
  3. 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,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’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
  4. 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 fromMy 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. Expand
  5. Sep 18, 2019
    9
    This was my introduction to Big Thief. "U.F.O.F" took a few listens to work its way into me but now its here to stay. As a fan of this type ofThis was my introduction to Big Thief. "U.F.O.F" took a few listens to work its way into me but now its here to stay. As a fan of this type of music (dreamy indie folk), I love this album and it is one of my favourites of 2019. The songs themselves are high end singer songwriter numbers but are brought up a notch by some great work by the rest of the band. These songs, while all pretty faithful to the indie folk tradition, take the listener off in all kinds of directions. Big Thief have managed to make a well worn path something worth exploring again. Expand
  6. Aug 24, 2019
    9
    I've enjoyed Big Thiefs previous releases, but this is there best album start to finish, as the ensemble of songs creates the experience. WhenI've enjoyed Big Thiefs previous releases, but this is there best album start to finish, as the ensemble of songs creates the experience. When I listened to this for the first time I couldn't help but think about Leonard Cohen on his last album "You want it darker!" except with UFOF it's "You want it gentler" They are all in on sensory experience - the mood is the story and it's done very well. I'm not exactly sure thematically but it's loosely an alien story but mostly done in as close to a humanizing manner as possible, in these times especially, there are aliens everywhere including our relationship with our selves. The answers/paths to acceptance are internal, not external. Expand
  7. Aug 9, 2019
    4
    Three great songs: opener "Contact" and "UFOF" show off a neat mix of guitar interplay and fragile vocals with good melodies. Latter in theThree great songs: opener "Contact" and "UFOF" show off a neat mix of guitar interplay and fragile vocals with good melodies. Latter in the album "Jenni" gives off a Jessica Bailiff kind of sparse/delicate sound. The rest ranges from kinda interesting to very boring. It's kinda like the band knows how to make good songs, but then chooses not to make them on purpose. Expand

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