Angel Olsen Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
Angel Olsen turned around. In the early days of her career she was making the most swell folk music, her songwriting benefiting from a sparse, low-key environment in which little surrounded her. Dulcet strums and fireside basslines marked Halfway H...read more »
Angel Olsen turned around. In the early days of her career she was making the most swell folk music, her songwriting benefiting from a sparse, low-key environment in which little surrounded her. Dulcet strums and fireside basslines marked Halfway Home, a wonderfully homely record in which Olsen made her voice the centerpiece. It's an incredibly versatile voice -- one so dynamic it moves like scenes from different characters -- so it was a blessing. Few artists find themselves so suited to a folkie setting.
Things changed, though, and to the good: alongside the gnarly filters of producer John Congleton she made Burn Your Fire For No Witness, a wonderful record that showcased Olsen's many modes of songwriting, from meandering and obtuse to punkishly direct. Electric guitars reverberated and drums crashed; it was a triumph. She took these possibilities forward with her for My Woman, a massively different record marked by pristine open spaces and gorgeous band arrangements, taking the homeliness of her early record and casting it into a wider open world. I'm happy to argue for the fiery solos and listlessly emotive choruses of "Sister" as one of the all-time rock songs, as massive and meaningful as any Bruce Springsteen tongue-twister. Bring on the next record from America's finest songwriter.
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American Indie/folk singer-songwriter Angel Olsen presents Phases, a fitting title for this collection of demos, B-sides, as well as some rare tracks that haven’t been released before. A collection that explores her wide range and documents her creative process. Suitable for fans new and attuned. LP and CD on Jagjaguwar.
Angel Olsen has made some really good records that are sorta singer and quite songwriter but equally rock and quite roll, too: Burn Your Fire was a complex and sprawling record at times, jubilantly anthemic at others, and occasionally isolated in its acoustic balladry. 'My Woman' is her third record and it plans to maintain the reverence to reverb and raucousness that went along with the quiet, lo-fi moments.
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