MojoFeb 12, 2014This superb second album does indeed make a dramatic leap forward. [Mar 2014, p.90]
Feb 18, 2014There is a lot of heartbreak on Burn Your Fire For No Witness, as well as a lot of pleasing anachronism; a lot of hard-won resignation and what you might call stern vulnerability, a quality that Olsen shares with Joni Mitchell without sounding at all like Mitchell.
Feb 14, 2014Progression is a great thing to hear in any artist's work, and there's plenty of that to the largely excellent Burn Your Fire. Yet its louder moments at the minute seem mostly in place to provide contrast, with Olsen remaining at her most engaging when speaking to you in whispers.
Feb 24, 2014A distinctive haunting voice from a new artist (for me) which is what I really wanted Lorde to sound like. In hindsight, the Grammy's need toA distinctive haunting voice from a new artist (for me) which is what I really wanted Lorde to sound like. In hindsight, the Grammy's need to find suitable people to select contenders for best Alternative Rock artists. The best they could do, out of so many more qualified alternative/indie artists was give Macklemore the Grammy? Pullease! Anyway, I hope this great singer/songwriter, Angel Olsen, gets the attention she deserves. Yes! You DO have the voice, Angel.… Expand
Feb 20, 2014Angel Olsen , presents an incredible journey to the melancholy and the loneliness , this excellent album has a compendium of songs that areAngel Olsen , presents an incredible journey to the melancholy and the loneliness , this excellent album has a compendium of songs that are rich in lyricism and faithful in music, his truly talent confirms that she is not only a ordinary folk girl , is a powerful woman.… Expand
Dec 31, 2014The first time I saw Angel Olsen I thought she was beautiful, an adjective I could easily use to describe her music too. This one is the onlyThe first time I saw Angel Olsen I thought she was beautiful, an adjective I could easily use to describe her music too. This one is the only album I have heard of her, and it is simply excellent. With an alt-rock mood, straight-from-the-heart lyrics, and some folk melodies along the way, the album made me fall in for her, besides the physical attraction in the beginning.… Expand
Feb 22, 2014A serene folk album about loneliness and broken hearts. The music, while minimal, is good. The lyrics are beautiful, with a great voice toA serene folk album about loneliness and broken hearts. The music, while minimal, is good. The lyrics are beautiful, with a great voice to sing them.
The first half of the album is okay, but it's the second half (from "Stars" till the end) where the album truly shines. This album would have got a much lower score if not for these five last tracks.… Expand
Nov 19, 2014On hearing the opening track for the first time I was struck by the blend of countryesque, Patsy Cline type vocals and the indie rock powerOn hearing the opening track for the first time I was struck by the blend of countryesque, Patsy Cline type vocals and the indie rock power chords being beat out on a muffled acoustic guitar. The set up of the song highlights Olsen's distinct, a type of indie country rock with a large dose of pop in there. If I were to make comparisons it would with early Lou Reed but with a severe country twist. The record is made up of a really strong first side and a solidly decent second half. It's a pity that the quality fades a little, if Olsen had managed to maintain the first half's quality throughout it could have been one of the albums of the year. What your left with is still well worth checking out.… Expand
Apr 23, 2014This album is a change of pace from her previous album, departing from the bold, rootsy sound on her previous release. Delving into genres ofThis album is a change of pace from her previous album, departing from the bold, rootsy sound on her previous release. Delving into genres of Folk and Garage Rock here. Overall it's handled pretty clumsily. The lo-fi nature doesn't help much either. Not really a bad album, but not really any good either. Definitely a step back in progress from her previous release.… Expand
Feb 21, 2014I'm genuinely surprised by these absurdly high reviews. I get that you have to appreciate the lo-fi folk genre to get into an album like this,I'm genuinely surprised by these absurdly high reviews. I get that you have to appreciate the lo-fi folk genre to get into an album like this, but there are way too many bland, filler tracks on here to give it a positive review. Yeah, some of the tracls like Hi-Five and High & Wild have some appeal to them, but to me there's not one song on the album that grabs a hold and doesn't let go. For people like me that focus more on the instruments rather than the lyrics, I just don't get the appeal of the album. Not trying to tell anyone else how to feel about it, but as someone who loves the folk genre, this album doesn't cut it for me.… Expand
Published: December 2, 2014Over the next month, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from over 130 music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find individual lists and this year's cumulative rankings inside.
Awards & Rankings
|The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12: The Best of the Cutting Edge 1965-1966 - Bob Dylan|
|You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything: 1970-1975 [Box Set] - Faces|
|Ork Records: New York, New York - Various Artists|
|The Ties That Bind: The River Collection [Box Set] - Bruce Springsteen|
|Elitism for the People 1975-1978 [Box Set] - Pere Ubu|
|No Closer to Heaven - The Wonder Years|
|Alone & Unreal: The Best of the Clientele [Deluxe Edition] - The Clientele|
|M3LL155X [EP] - FKA Twigs|
|Vile Child - Milk Teeth|
|Divers - Joanna Newsom|
|Film Music [Box Set] - Mikael Tariverdiev|
|That's the Spirit - Bring Me the Horizon|
|The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters: 1959-1983 [Box Set] - The Isley Brothers|
|Radio Static High - Hey Colossus|
|Art Angels - Grimes|
|John Howard & the Night Mail - John Howard & The Night Mail|
|Delusion Moon - Meat Wave|
|Have You in My Wilderness - Julia Holter|
|Blackstar - David Bowie|
|Nashville Obsolete - Dave Rawlings Machine|