UNCUT - - New Al­bums - ERIN OS­MON

abysskiss SAd­dLE CREEK 9/10 The Big Thief band­leader as­sumes a quiet pos­ture for a su­perla­tive al­bum

For her sec­ond solo al­bum, and first since Big Thief formed, Adri­anne Lenker chan­nelled mo­men­tum from time spent on the road. Writ­ten dur­ing rare alone time in stair­wells and green rooms, these 10 songs have a se­questered feel­ing of in­ti­macy as a re­sult. They un­fold like ten­der petals in a moon­lit blos­som – del­i­cate, stun­ning and lay­ered to dra­matic ef­fect, with “Womb” sum­mon­ing the acous­tic al­lure of Nick Drake’s “One Of These Things First”. Un­like the two al­bums with her band, this solo work doesn’t out­line a de­fin­i­tive nar­ra­tive, and there isn’t a defin­ing crescendo. In­stead, mid­night re­flec­tions on mem­ory, love, dis­tance and long­ing cush­ion ears like a soft pil­low. It’s an in­vi­ta­tion to peer into the hid­den spa­ces of an ex­tra­or­di­nary mod­ern song­writer, where calm and quiet mo­ments prompt su­perla­tive work.

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