Angel Olsen

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uh what? that is awful. how could anyone do that to roedelius?!
or angel olsen.

sweat pea (La Lechera), Tuesday, 3 December 2013 23:59 (four years ago) Permalink

I imagine it's solo but I don't know

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Wednesday, 4 December 2013 06:12 (four years ago) Permalink

gah that live version of "drunk and with dreams" posted upthread (the co-prosperity clip) is soooo good. she's like roy orbison or something.

tylerw, Wednesday, 4 December 2013 18:19 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh cool, the Olsen/Nugent bill is coming to Charlottesville. Definitely gonna go if I am in town.

grandavis, Wednesday, 4 December 2013 18:24 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

really liking this record

ciderpress, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:40 (four years ago) Permalink

Yes, it's a beauty.

Eyeball Kicks, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:43 (four years ago) Permalink

It's about half good. She's better with rockers, "Windows" excepted.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:52 (four years ago) Permalink

I've only just discovered her; I've been playing both albums on rotation, and I've snapped up tickets to see her next month. <3 her

painfully alive in a drugged and dying culture (DavidM), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 18:34 (four years ago) Permalink

I want to give this more time, but I really really don't like the way it's mixed so far.

Burt Stuntin (Hurting 2), Friday, 21 February 2014 05:42 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92Ar3rMoQKo

, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 06:00 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Finally getting around to the new one and damn, it's great! Am I right in thinking she's raised her game a bit on this?

narcissism of vas deferenses (NickB), Thursday, 27 March 2014 16:49 (four years ago) Permalink

I saw her in in the tiny and packed out Soup Kitchen venue in Manchester on Sunday night and she was terrific. Most of her set was songs from her new album, which was a touch disappointing as I prefer Half Way Home, personally. But her voice, especially on a long, slow-burning version of "White Fire", was spellbinding.

painfully alive in a drugged and dying culture (DavidM), Thursday, 27 March 2014 22:18 (four years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

My favorite part of the album are the last three songs, Dance Slow Decades reminds me of Marling.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 26 April 2014 03:18 (four years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

"Burn Your Fire" is one of my favorite things of the year, definitely a weird mash of Johnny Cash and post-punk weirdness in the background. It's that backing that makes the new one far better than her debut for me.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:51 (four years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard the debut yet but this new one is fantastic.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:31 (four years ago) Permalink

I've listened to the debut a couple of times and find it inconsistent and eventually annoying. The broader sound palette of BYF makes it much more interesting to me. Ymmv.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:13 (four years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Never got into Burn Your Fire but it's really mostly the fault of the mixing/production imo. I still seek out videos of her performing, where you get a clearer sound. Def want to see live. Really feel like this lo-fi aesthetic does her a disservice.

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 16 October 2014 14:21 (three years ago) Permalink

How on earth is Burn Your Fire lo-fi beyond the opening acoustic track?

Simon H., Thursday, 16 October 2014 14:24 (three years ago) Permalink

maybe it's a stretch to call it "lo fi," I just mean all that mic distortion and loose barely-turned-up guitar amp distortion. Not a fan of that sound.

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:23 (three years ago) Permalink

Over the last year Burn your Fire has become a firm friend. I put it on when I need someone to listen to my gripes and then when I need someone to hear me yelling at the shit and piss. Strangely, I don't have many real friends. Just this. A bunch of coded files in my phone.

Hinklepicker, Thursday, 16 October 2014 18:51 (three years ago) Permalink

Some days I think this is my favorite album of the year

Evan R, Thursday, 16 October 2014 19:39 (three years ago) Permalink

I actually find some tracks have grown on me a little now

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 16 October 2014 19:52 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

tried several times (cuz she's the hometown hero) but can't get into it. fantastic voice though.

a million little treeshes (rip van wanko), Thursday, 4 December 2014 21:20 (three years ago) Permalink

sometimes I feel like the degree to which she perfected her style outstrips the quality of her songs a little

18th Century Celebrity WS of Shame (Hurting 2), Thursday, 4 December 2014 21:24 (three years ago) Permalink

her musical style I mean -- her sound etc.

18th Century Celebrity WS of Shame (Hurting 2), Thursday, 4 December 2014 21:24 (three years ago) Permalink

Agree that the general feel of the record and sound of/conviction in Olsen's voice are the big draws here, but the songs hold their own. The best of them are as pointed as any I've heard this year.

Evan R, Thursday, 4 December 2014 21:46 (three years ago) Permalink

burn your fire... is my favorite record of 2014

j. winters (josh), Thursday, 4 December 2014 22:07 (three years ago) Permalink

sometimes I feel like the degree to which she perfected her style outstrips the quality of her songs a little

― 18th Century Celebrity WS of Shame (Hurting 2), Thursday, December 4, 2014 3:24 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i think that's accurate for a lot of her songs. she's pretty mesmerizing in person, but many of the songs are kind of meandering and not very memorable

I dunno. (amateurist), Thursday, 4 December 2014 22:55 (three years ago) Permalink

I hear some Roy Orbison in there too. At the risk of way overgeneralizing about female indie singers, it's refreshing to hear a really good, full-throated voice that doesn't rely on breathy, wispy affectations.

― i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Wednesday, July 17, 2013 9:23 AM (1 year ago)

the band backup, w/ the rock numbers, brings this out more - minimizes tendencies toward affectedness that were there in the last record too

j., Thursday, 11 December 2014 16:27 (three years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

all that mic distortion and loose barely-turned-up guitar amp distortion. Not a fan of that sound

that is what makes it fire

j., Monday, 27 April 2015 01:27 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Yes!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nleRCBhLr3k

Evan R, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 20:34 (two years ago) Permalink

SO GOOD

j. winters (josh), Wednesday, 29 June 2016 22:02 (two years ago) Permalink

I saw her the other week and the show was a little disappointing but my hopes for this album are sky high anyway. This song rules.

Evan R, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 22:59 (two years ago) Permalink

both of these new tunes are pretty great

tylerw, Wednesday, 29 June 2016 23:00 (two years ago) Permalink

It's not grabbing me. I got really excited in the first minute but was hoping she'd open up her voice a bit. I like the departure from the last album but her vocals feel more restrained than they should be.

Benjamin-, Thursday, 30 June 2016 07:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Disregard me. Just jaded. Saw Kevin Morby and Big Thief earlier. Bored out of my mind. Austin is boring. I need to move back to Colorado.

Okay, I'm out.

Benjamin-, Thursday, 30 June 2016 07:39 (two years ago) Permalink

how am i just finding out about her :(

jason waterfalls (gbx), Sunday, 10 July 2016 17:20 (two years ago) Permalink

big thief rules

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Sunday, 10 July 2016 19:48 (two years ago) Permalink

shut up kiss me is incredible but i will prob avoid her other stuff as i suspect it wont compete.

StillAdvance, Monday, 11 July 2016 11:49 (two years ago) Permalink

that's ridiculous
if you like one of her songs, you should listen to more of her songs

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 11 July 2016 12:45 (two years ago) Permalink

what other song would convert a newbie?

StillAdvance, Monday, 11 July 2016 12:57 (two years ago) Permalink

idk, she seems to have a whole new look/'tude with the video for that song
i guess it depends on what you like about it
i am not an angel olsen expert, maybe someone else has a better idea but i would suggest listening to songs from the new album if you like that one

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 11 July 2016 13:11 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

album is pretty great on first listen, especially love 'woman' and 'those were the days'

ufo, Saturday, 30 July 2016 05:51 (two years ago) Permalink

god "sister" fucks me up each and every time

j. winters (josh), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 02:37 (two years ago) Permalink

She tones down the gothic-Johnny Cash vibe of the last album, which was key for me.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 13:50 (two years ago) Permalink

you mean that like its a good thing or bad?

peanutbuttereverysingleday, Thursday, 11 August 2016 06:01 (two years ago) Permalink

It's not that it's a *bad* thing, but that Gothhy Cash vibe made her last record stand out from the pack for me. The new record is solid but doesn't reach the same heights as "Burn Your Fire".

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 11 August 2016 20:58 (two years ago) Permalink

i love the new record. just pre-ordered it, actually, after hearing the leak. it is steadier paced and a bit less angry and depressing, so if that's not what you want then you might prefer her last one. but both are great imo.

davey, Thursday, 11 August 2016 21:08 (two years ago) Permalink

im going to get this thing anyways cos i am hooked like a goldfish on her thing but yep i liked the flashes of anger on burn your fire but i guess if you havent got any of it then you cant fake it

peanutbuttereverysingleday, Friday, 12 August 2016 04:22 (two years ago) Permalink

another song from the new collection
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI_4c-LJ9Xc

louise ck (milo z), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 08:46 (ten months ago) Permalink

live version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWTDDr-EYTM

louise ck (milo z), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 08:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

"special"!

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 10 November 2017 02:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

Anyone into the new one?

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 12 November 2017 04:14 (ten months ago) Permalink

I was very taken by the cover art of the new one, so I gave it a spin last night and geeked out when I discovered there was a cover of "Tougher Than the Rest" on it.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 12 November 2017 04:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

ooh, tougher than the rest cover you say...

listening now, this is (at least from tttr onwards) very understated, like her first albums, she really has something very special about her that make these simple acoustic guitar songs spellbinding

niels, Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:22 (ten months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLvIOzIqljc

some of angel olsen's songs are just fucking incredible. i love the psychedelic guitar sounds on this one.

treeship 2, Sunday, 26 November 2017 05:21 (nine months ago) Permalink

love it

In a slipshod style (Ross), Sunday, 26 November 2017 05:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

"sister" off the last album is a song i play a lot and think about a lot. "All my life I thought I'd change"

treeship 2, Sunday, 26 November 2017 05:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Sweet dreams rules. Orbison-Chris Isaac vibe with some dirty rock n roll

kolakube (Ross), Thursday, 8 February 2018 20:12 (seven months ago) Permalink

I had never heard her Springsteen cover, not sure I like the alone in a laundry room vibe to it. Also, I think she changes a minor chord to a major chord, which really alters the mood dramatically for me.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 February 2018 20:32 (seven months ago) Permalink

My current fave Angel Olsen track is 'The Waiting' off the first record. Glorious song.

cajunsunday, Thursday, 8 February 2018 20:38 (seven months ago) Permalink

Hey josh, alone in a laundry room is a good comparison. Ymmv but the latter half of the record is in that vein and a total bummer. First half is fairly solid tho

kolakube (Ross), Thursday, 8 February 2018 20:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Phases is good. I was wrong. Good record for unwinding.

done and dusted (Ross), Friday, 4 May 2018 06:10 (four months ago) Permalink


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