Masterpiece

Big Thief - Masterpiece
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2016 Ratings: #184 / 963
User Score
Based on 500 ratings
2016 Ratings: #94
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CRITIC REVIEWS

82
Paste
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.
80
Exclaim!

Masterpiece may be flawed, but try to think of a magnum opus, or a life, that isn't. The most exciting part is that it's likely Big Thief's best is yet to come.

80
AllMusic
Rhythmically a balanced mix of energetic grooves and melancholy explorations, the album is wall-to-wall artful expression that finds a songwriter thriving as part of a four-piece.
80
DIY
Expect this to be the start of a huge career, even if this really is their ‘Masterpiece’.
80
PopMatters

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. Big Thief is a band that understands that there’s much to explore within life’s empty spaces, to never underestimate what’s not readily there and occupy it with grand, though modest, gestures.

77
Pitchfork

On the rangy folk-rock band Big Thief's Saddle Creek debut Masterpiece, the songs sound cherry-picked over a lifetime of writing, the stories carefully compiled.

76
Sputnikmusic
Modern folk fans take note; it’s not every day we get the pleasure of hearing such an accomplished debut.
70
Spin
Lenker isn’t the room-swallowing presence that Quinlan is, but she more than makes up for it in commanding songcraft, which skews dynamic (“Animals”), dissonant (“Interstate”), and placid (“Little Arrow”) without ever changing its sepia tone.
70
Clash
Simply put, Big Thief’s debut is a most pleasant surprise; a rich treasure trove of story and seduction.
70
Rolling Stone
Even when the road backwards gets unbearably dark, this record feels like a hero's journey.
Melancoholic
70

Good.

porpoise
88

The indie rock genre is blessed with presence of power quartet Big Thief. And what a blessing it is. The leader singer’s voice, while not what I would call strong, is most certainly beautiful. In fact, I would say it benefits from this lack of sturdiness. The little quivers and shakes on certain notes give it this quality that feels uniquely hers. I’ve never heard anything quite like it. The instruments are gorgeous; the guitars in particular steal the show. And the songwriting, ... read more

MySoftBulletin
80

+10pts for dinosaur
-10pts for bird

christar
70

Cut✂️ “Masterpiece”

furretfurret
NR

big thief is carressing my indie boner and telling it its a good boy

FrancisSky
85

It has a special something.

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Added on: March 22, 2016