Angel Olsen

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what other song would convert a newbie?

StillAdvance, Monday, 11 July 2016 12:57 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

god "sister" fucks me up each and every time

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

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 (three years ago) link

you mean that like its a good thing or bad?

peanutbuttereverysingleday, Thursday, 11 August 2016 06:01 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

ufo, Saturday, 27 August 2016 11:39 (three years ago) link

fuckin' A, I can't hardly wait for this album

Tell me who sends these infamous .gifs (bernard snowy), Saturday, 27 August 2016 13:14 (three years ago) link

Now that's a song! Wow

niels, Saturday, 27 August 2016 23:38 (three years ago) link

Is it her on lead guitar?

niels, Sunday, 28 August 2016 14:09 (three years ago) link

i don't think so but her band is fantastic

ufo, Sunday, 28 August 2016 17:12 (three years ago) link

the variety and slightly lighter overall tone on this new one makes it slightly disappointing for me - but i still think its a decent, listenable album i will continue to spend time with it even if it doesnt have the dark power of burn your fire

peanutbuttereverysingleday, Friday, 2 September 2016 01:31 (three years ago) link

the variety and slightly lighter overall tone


who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 2 September 2016 01:32 (three years ago) link

not pretending to be a finely crafted review there just an off the cuff comment

peanutbuttereverysingleday, Friday, 2 September 2016 01:42 (three years ago) link

i do think she is going for a broader kind of appeal with this one

peanutbuttereverysingleday, Friday, 2 September 2016 01:42 (three years ago) link

no I'm legit excited for something lighter than the last one

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 2 September 2016 01:55 (three years ago) link

New album can't come fast enough. Hearing the 2014 bore on my student station's MegaSEg for months has started to fuck with my sleep.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 September 2016 02:08 (three years ago) link

right - i see - yep i got the record in the mail a couple of days ago so its early days but i def think it has a different tone from previous - i guess she is exploring different emotions this time around

peanutbuttereverysingleday, Friday, 2 September 2016 02:27 (three years ago) link

"Woman" is an amazing track. Scorched closing guitar solo brings it home.

Ross, Friday, 2 September 2016 04:07 (three years ago) link

it's much stronger than Burn Your Fire though i get that some would be disappointed in the lack of anything like White Fire etc.

it's one of my favourites of the year, Sister/Those Were The Days/Woman is an incredible run of tracks

ufo, Friday, 2 September 2016 04:43 (three years ago) link

first listen to the whole album last night found it (and me) too scattered to form much of a coherent impression; giving it another go this morning & I think I'm liking it more

Tell me who sends these infamous .gifs (bernard snowy), Friday, 2 September 2016 12:16 (three years ago) link

this record is really gorgeous and dynamic and I am psyched to finally totally enjoy one of her records

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 2 September 2016 13:54 (three years ago) link

Where are you all streaming this? For some reason Apple Music doesn't have the whole album yet, even though it says it's out today

Evan R, Friday, 2 September 2016 14:01 (three years ago) link

i bought it

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Friday, 2 September 2016 14:06 (three years ago) link

buying this monday when local store gets it

niels, Friday, 2 September 2016 14:07 (three years ago) link

so yeah this is sensational

Evan R, Friday, 2 September 2016 16:22 (three years ago) link

This is excellent. It's streaming on Amazon Prime, I love it.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 2 September 2016 19:55 (three years ago) link

Just tried this out. Couldn't make it past track 2. Just too much singing and the music isn't my cup of tea. I guess I was expecting something like Julia Holter or Laura Groves, both musicians I really enjoy. Maybe when I just want a generic rock record with female vocals i'll try it again.

brotherlovesdub, Friday, 2 September 2016 23:05 (three years ago) link

Sounds way better than the last one (which I was mostly lukewarm on, a few songs aside), based on one listen.

spastic heritage, Saturday, 3 September 2016 00:01 (three years ago) link

this still seems like mildly tasty layers of style (vibrato-laden ethereal vocals, lynchian guitar chords) laid over pretty weak songs

(sort of like lana del rey, actually)

wizzz! (amateurist), Saturday, 3 September 2016 00:29 (three years ago) link

pretty weak might be too strong. just... mediocre.

wizzz! (amateurist), Saturday, 3 September 2016 00:31 (three years ago) link

the songs on ultraviolence are tight

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Saturday, 3 September 2016 01:31 (three years ago) link

it's too bad Olsen threw a bi of shade at LDR recently cause she could make good dough writing her some songs

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 3 September 2016 01:45 (three years ago) link

I'm glad I'm not the only person who was reminded of Ms. del Rey at times

Tell me who sends these infamous .gifs (bernard snowy), Saturday, 3 September 2016 02:42 (three years ago) link

Was not a fan of her last record but Sister in particular is just insanely great. Just has this intensity to it that I'm totally captivated by. Intern and Woman are also incredible.

octobeard, Saturday, 3 September 2016 03:06 (three years ago) link

yeah this grabbed me pretty quickly on one distracted listen, i tried and tried with the last one and it never hit home. picking up a physical copy and i'll dig into it more after that.

call all destroyer, Saturday, 3 September 2016 03:08 (three years ago) link

i don't hear any similarities to LDR

j. winters (josh), Saturday, 3 September 2016 03:52 (three years ago) link

she's changed her singing style to be a lot breathier, is the main thing

Tell me who sends these infamous .gifs (bernard snowy), Saturday, 3 September 2016 13:19 (three years ago) link

strangely (or not?) this change isnt reflected at all by the singles, so it really jumped out at me on first listen.... *fingers crossed* that this is just a weird creative decision, and not something she resorted to because of vocal strain or w/e

Tell me who sends these infamous .gifs (bernard snowy), Saturday, 3 September 2016 13:31 (three years ago) link

Heard this playing in a record store yesterday and picked it up. Great album!

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 3 September 2016 22:15 (three years ago) link

Her last album was great I do not get all this ho hum talk abt it

Pull your head on out your hippy haze (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 4 September 2016 14:41 (three years ago) link

yeah that was a great record, quite introverted compared to this one, which is also a p hifi record where BYFFNW was lofi

I'm getting Mazzy Star vibes, touches of VU, Jackson Browne, lotsa good stuff

niels, Sunday, 4 September 2016 16:00 (three years ago) link

I checked this out because 'Sister' was pretty epic. The rest of the album is pretty standard pop/rock. Her voice will take some getting used to — it seems a little too loud in the mix and she does that vibrato-y trembling thing a little too often. But, wow, those two longer tracks on the second half are really fantastic.

Austin, Sunday, 4 September 2016 20:38 (three years ago) link

Let’s „don’t care what the papers say“ (Intern) //

The critical reception of this confuses me: To my ears what we have here is something bland and seriously uninteresting. Musically an unremarkable re-hash of synth-pop ideas (Human League et al.) with the odd dash of an anodyne version of Siouxsie (think cavernous production, think big, think EMA), until the ballads set in. It is all held together by a voice that makes me cringe: Once you have encountered Angel Olsen’s dreadful melisma „Ti-Hi-Hime“ bang at the beginning of „Shut Up Kiss Me“ you discover genuine sophistication in "I wanna hold you ha-ha-ha-ha-hand“. Or am I missing the point which is: „Kiss me, unless you want me to carry on with this.“? A forgettable album, one of those myriads that do not require my attention. One could leave it that, but metacritic assembles evidence that critics find something in this that completely eludes me: A current score of 89 for this (including Pitchfork, but you know, their judgment is shakey from time to time; allmusic; The Guardian; The New York Times; Chicago Herald – blimey!) certainly is something to write home about, but according to metacritic people at home will know anyway. Music for men who cannot get enough of the cocaine sheen in the yearning of Stevie Nicks!
There is a passage brimming with humour in „Sister“, when she sings: „And all this blessing was a curse / before I opened up my ...“ and who would not expect „purse“? However, it turns out, it was her „heart“ that the singer opened at that point – a case of thoroughly defying expectations.
Laura Marling, Julia Holter, Courtney Barnett, Elza Soares, Serafina Steer, Cat Power, Eileen Jewell – they all go to show that the world is not deplete of interesting young and moving female voices producing exciting music.

Austin, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 03:51 (three years ago) link


j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 6 September 2016 04:04 (three years ago) link

what is even going on there. reads like someone improvising a review during their first listen of the record

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Tuesday, 6 September 2016 04:22 (three years ago) link

Two stars.

And I seriously doubt any actual listening to the album took place.

Austin, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 05:13 (three years ago) link

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