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
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.
|Led Zeppelin IV [Remastered] - Led Zeppelin|
|Doolittle 25 - Pixies|
|The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 - Bob Dylan|
|The Velvet Underground [45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition] - The Velvet Underground|
|Houses of the Holy [Remastered] - Led Zeppelin|
|Bloodstone & Diamonds - Machine Head|
|Black Messiah - D'Angelo|
|Offering: Live at Temple University - John Coltrane|
|Start Together [Box Set] - Sleater-Kinney|
|Gentlemen At 21 [Deluxe Edition] - The Afghan Whigs|
|Soul Mining (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) [Box Set] - The The|
|From Parts Unknown - Every Time I Die|
|Extra Painful - Yo La Tengo|
|RTJ2 - Run the Jewels|
|Anthology [Box Set] - The Clean|
|Face the Music [Box Set] - Nils Lofgren|
|Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972 [Box Set] - Captain Beefheart|
|Foundations of Burden - Pallbearer|
|Cadillactica - Big K.R.I.T.|
|You're Dead! - Flying Lotus|