12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Real love makes your arms black,” Adrianne Lenker sings on “Real Love”. “Real love is a heart attack.” A raft of feedback overpowers the song, and distills Big Thief’s knack for setting brutal intimacy on a nakedly epic scale. Masterpiece is full of heavy-hearted guitar jams that specialise in grief (“Masterpiece”), shame (“Paul”), and regret (“Vegas”), made ever more brutal by Lenker’s voice, which billows like a flag in a storm, tattered, and proud.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Real love makes your arms black,” Adrianne Lenker sings on “Real Love”. “Real love is a heart attack.” A raft of feedback overpowers the song, and distills Big Thief’s knack for setting brutal intimacy on a nakedly epic scale. Masterpiece is full of heavy-hearted guitar jams that specialise in grief (“Masterpiece”), shame (“Paul”), and regret (“Vegas”), made ever more brutal by Lenker’s voice, which billows like a flag in a storm, tattered, and proud.

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