Angel Olsen ‘My Woman’ Album Review Roundup

August 31, 2016

Angel Olsen’s new album is ‘My Woman.’ It’s the highly anticipated follow-up to the indie rock-folk singer-songwriter’s brilliant ‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’ breakthrough album of 2014. Here’s a roundup of reviews from music critics.

Angel Olsen

While it may seem that the pop music landscape is littered with sound-alike, synthetic sounds that are cobbled together with commercial intent put far ahead of artistic expression, there are notable exceptions. Angel Olsen is one such. She’s a rising star who’s fully embracing a unique style that’s all her own. As many may try to categorize her as “folk” or “acoustic” or “traditional” or “country” or “Americana” — with an infusion of soul and R&B with all of the aforementioned — she continues to forge her own path. It’s exciting to witness.

In an interview with Billboard, the 29-year-old St. Louis, Missouri native opened up about her music influences, and said, “I don’t really consider myself country. I’m inspired by that kind of songwriting because it has a bit of levity and a bit of balance. It also addresses something very real.”

She went on to acknowledge she is “inspired” by pop music and added, “To write a pop song means to write something simply profound. I can create my own version of that thing.”

And now her new album, ‘My Woman’ is already racking up rave reviews. Here’s what the critics are saying.

“….Where Angel Olsen’s 2014 breakthrough Burn Your Fire For No Witness flickered with lo-fi fervor, her latest, My Woman, oozes unhurried glamour and moments of sweeping grandeur. Olsen shifts between genres with graceful precision, breaking down the limiting (and, sometimes, sexist) critiques that have dogged her career, often identified primarily by her connection to male musicians like Bonnie “Prince” Billy. On My Woman, Olsen asserts her control, proving that she can be whoever she wants to be……” — Consequence of Sound

“….My Woman represents a new incarnation of an artist who’s changed many times already (she once, as frontwoman of her teenage band, thought of herself as a No Doubt-era Gwen Stefani); it’s an album steeped in 1960s jangle pop, swirling psychedelia, and other classic influences that further breaks Olsen’s music away from anything that could definitively be called folk rock…..” –Slant Magazine

“…. In the sound of My Woman, you might hear echoes of ’70s country, of musty jukebox soul, of classic ’60s pop, of prime-era Laurel Canyon folk-rock. The album is liquid. It fits whatever container into which you might pour it. But while the album never commits to any one sound (to its great credit), it does organize itself around one particular thing: Angel Olsen’s voice. ….” –Stereogum

“….Angel Olsen isn’t a chameleon; she’s simply one of the best songwriters we have, who can play any style of music she turns her muse to. MY WOMAN is Olsen at the top of her game – heartfelt, insightful and musically adventurous. The list of contenders for album of the year has another entrant. ….” –The Line of Best Fit

“…. It’s the sound of an artist who still has a bookshelf bulging with the existential novels of Paul Auster, but has recently reacquainted herself with her rollerskates (the music video for Shut Up Kiss Me was even filmed at her local rink). The resulting tone is appealingly untidy. ….” –The Guardian

Check back for more reviews as they arrive. And in the meantime, check out Angel Olsen’s ‘My Woman’ album cover art and music videos below!

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