Half Way Home by Angel Olsen


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Half Way Home by Angel Olsen
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8/10 Clinton 26 October 2012

First coming to attention via appearances with Bonnie Prince Billy, Olsen’s voice is initially disconcerting but by only the second track in I’ve decided that it’s something quite unique and special. The nearest comparison is to Diane Cluck, she has the same wandering, almost scatting style but her compositions are more upbeat than the melancholy Cluck, featuring a lo-fidelity band clanking away with the voice waaaay up front where it needs to be.

It’s quirky, think Devon Sproule’s wandering style or the octave leaping of Jeff Buckley.  She shifts from old timey slow moving ballads to more upbeat strum and drum but eventually settles for a more downbeat approach as the album wears on, kind of like Josephine Foster. Dark and difficult in places and you may balk at some of the vocal eccentricities, I’d like a few more upbeat moments such as the Roy Orbison-ish ‘Free’ as she really excels at those when her voice can swoop and holler over something a bit more substantial than creeping country-ish melancholy.



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