Angel Olsen

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buying this monday when local store gets it

niels, Friday, 2 September 2016 14:07 (two years ago) Permalink

so yeah this is sensational

Evan R, Friday, 2 September 2016 16:22 (two years ago) Permalink

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

kornrulez6969, Friday, 2 September 2016 19:55 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

wizzz! (amateurist), Saturday, 3 September 2016 00:31 (two years ago) Permalink

the songs on ultraviolence are tight

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

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

i don't hear any similarities to LDR

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

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 3 September 2016 22:15 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink


j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 6 September 2016 04:04 (two years ago) Permalink

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 (two years ago) Permalink

Two stars.

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

Austin, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 05:13 (two years ago) Permalink

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.

Elza Soares is 79.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 08:56 (two years ago) Permalink

i agree that this was a two-star album review

j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 6 September 2016 13:57 (two years ago) Permalink

Here's an overwritten try-hard metacritic user review to counter that:

Sep 2, 2016
Confidently confused, unabashedly devoted to her feelings, she esteems intuition as a goddess worth building an altar for, it seems, instead of just burning a fire. These songs rock and roll. "I dare you to understand what makes me a woman," she croons, at first, then belts the last syllable, stretching it all the way around the earth. Challenge accepted.

Evan, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 14:55 (two years ago) Permalink

Her interview in Rookie goes into her apprehension wrt critics -- pretty interesting, would recommend

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 6 September 2016 14:58 (two years ago) Permalink

The thirst is real in that "review."

Austin, Tuesday, 6 September 2016 17:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Anyone else enamoured by the direction the album takes from "Heart Shaped Face" onwards? Settles into a nice groove with some top tier Olsen tracks ("Sister" and "Woman").

Ross, Monday, 12 September 2016 04:05 (two years ago) Permalink

holy fuck if you have any interest in her music whatsoever you really don't want to miss this tour

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 19 September 2016 05:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah she was great

Gukbe, Tuesday, 20 September 2016 02:20 (two years ago) Permalink

this album sounds good and the lyrics are good and it is good.

Treeship, Tuesday, 20 September 2016 02:46 (two years ago) Permalink

i've heard amazing things about the tour as well.

the "review" austin quoted, while just a single paragraph, felt like enduring an illness. i feel like i've read so many pieces over the years that were basically that: haughty, dismissive, sexist, judging an album by some prefab criteria that the author has just made up but for some reason considers inviolable law.

Treeship, Tuesday, 20 September 2016 02:49 (two years ago) Permalink

guess she has paul sukeena playing guitar in her band now (from spacin, steve gunn, solar motel band). that will add some firepower to the live show for sure.

tylerw, Tuesday, 20 September 2016 15:15 (two years ago) Permalink

it's like prime dylan and the band at this point. she is straight up killing it

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 20 September 2016 17:34 (two years ago) Permalink

Quick listens haven't wowed me but will give her another chance. She's getting so much favorable attention

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 12:47 (two years ago) Permalink

it's like prime dylan and the band at this point. she is straight up killing it

― reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, September 20, 2016 1:34 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

OK, let's all just calm down now

Wimmels, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 12:53 (two years ago) Permalink

i'm not even kidding. she is a rolling thunder revue force of nature. she might have the most powerful singing voice i've ever heard. don't miss this!

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 21 September 2016 13:52 (two years ago) Permalink

i'm so excited to see her tonight!

maura, Wednesday, 21 September 2016 16:12 (two years ago) Permalink

ahhh apparently she is playing burlington tomorrow night and there are still tickets but i have several big work projects due friday :(((((

jason waterfalls (gbx), Wednesday, 21 September 2016 16:14 (two years ago) Permalink

Get them done early & celebrate w Angel & friends!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 21 September 2016 16:32 (two years ago) Permalink

she might have the most powerful singing voice i've ever heard

on some songs her breathy vocals and melodies are too npr-tiny desk-Bob Boilen generic rock for me

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 September 2016 14:16 (two years ago) Permalink

My Woman is super great; I liked it since I first heard it but every time I come back to it (which happens with increasing frequency) I like it more.

thos beads (jamescobo), Friday, 23 September 2016 23:27 (two years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Just figured out that her backup singer on this album/tour is Heather McEntire of Mount Moriah, who are really good in their own right.

El Tuomasbot (milo z), Friday, 23 June 2017 06:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Maybe my expectations were too high but still reckon Burn Your Fire is way better than last record. Just seems more consistent overall - the last one was OK with a few great songs sprinkled through. It does sound more like a carefully considered breakout type record I suppose which i guess the evidence would suggest it was - increasing her profile and audience so thats great and all. Just like the other one better.

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Friday, 23 June 2017 12:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Boo, My Woman is so obviously superior in every aspect.

Austin, Friday, 23 June 2017 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink


j., Friday, 23 June 2017 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

I prefer Burn as well, but My Woman has some songs that rival anything on Burn IMO "Sister", "My Woman" and "Heart Shaped Face"

Unchanging Window (Ross), Friday, 23 June 2017 18:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Burn hands down. My Woman has some crazy highs though.

Evan R, Friday, 23 June 2017 20:35 (one year ago) Permalink

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