Album Review: Big Thief - U.F.O.F. May 03, 2019 by Rob Hakimian Lenker is a hyper-empath, and manages to put this across in her delicate poetry and voice, which is then gilded perfectly by her open and aware bandmates. Often she places herself into the bodies of others in her songs, to investigate a variety relationships. Pain is a large factor in her song writing here, but it is held aloft as beautiful; this could be when she’s screaming in agony at the end of ‘Contact’, or when she gently intones “you don’t even know why when you cry,” in ‘Cattails’. The hurting always resounds with feeling that comes from beyond her own body, and it’s always held up resplendently and with dignity in Big Thief’s simple but sophisticated songs. My absolute faves, Big Thief, put out the best album of the year in U.F.O.F. - you can read my reasoning in my full review.