Big Thief – Capacity (album review)

by Woody on June 5, 2017


The PR pic of lead singer Adrianne Lenker for Capacity reminds me of Sigourney Weaver in Alien 3. Any time I see a woman with a buzz I circle back to one of my favorite characters of all time, Ripley. Her combo of resilience and perseverance among other traits was what made her such a compelling character. Well, resilient and perseverance are two excellent words to use to describe Capacity’s general tone.

If their debut, Masterpiece, hooked me; Capacity yanked me on the boat. It is an absolute brilliant and stunning album. Lenker’s back story is excellently detailed in this Pitchfork piece. And these experiences seem to pop up throughout the album, not so much as biographical, but more inspirational. Sort of how an artist paints from his heart when painting a picture but isn’t painting the exact scene as inspiration.

Shark Smile is easily my favorite Big Thief tune and one of my favorite tunes of 2017. Its a tune of a fateful car ride where one half of the couple passes away leaving the protagonist, still alive, wishes to join her lover in the after life. The song builds from nearly a minute of squealing guitar before easing into his ambling guitar riff consistent with a lazy car ride. It is as perfect a tune that you’ll hear this year.

While Lenker deserves all the accolades she receives, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Buck Meek’s work on guitar. His riffs bring Lenker’s words to life. They have this symbiotic relationship that Heather McEntire and Jenks Miller have with Mount Moriah.

Capacity is out this coming Friday and is one of the best albums you’re going to hear this year.

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