It's not a perfect album by any means, for one I feel like there's tracks and ideas scattered in the middle and latter half of the album that just feel redundant and don't really stand out to me as much in the way of anything memorable or unique in the tracklist. I mean this is definitely a common criticism that I usually have with Folk records so I was expecting this but I digress since that's the only main criticism I have for 'Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You', everything else about it is at the very least great. The entire album is a very intimate and warm experience but it leaves so much to take away given its more catchy and infectious tunes, the moments when they break into more Alt Country-isms like on 'Spud Infinity' in particular are just so fun, charming and infectious. Tinges of Neo-Psych and Americana break into the sound of this album too and the group use this to add a dynamic to the songs to keep them engaging and it's done incredibly well by the acoustic instrumentation. Adrianne Lenker's unique vocals and fantastic songwriting cannot go understated either since she shines all over this record, she rarely steps out of her comfort zone but to be honest that doesn't really bother me that much since she sounds great over the songs and provides some great melodies and lyrics.
The tracklist itself contains some genuinely perfect songs, moments like 'Time Escaping', 'Spud Infinity', 'Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You', 'Sparrow' and 'Simulation Swarm' are some of these perfect songs that come to mind and they've been the tracks that have stuck with me the most on consecutive listens. Even the tracks that I don't particularly find memorable are the very least solid tracks but thereafter the quality is just insanely great to perfect. It's very consistent on that merit alone and for an album that's an hour and 20 minutes long it sure as hell doesn't feel like it.
I don't think I have more to add here, despite the few shortcomings it has this new Big Thief album is fantastic, there's so many brilliant tracks to be found on here and I'd consider it to be an essential record not only in 2022, but also in modern Folk.
Best Tracks: Spud Infinity, Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe and Simulation Swarm
Worst Track: 12,000 Lines