The Ornament

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67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 28, 2011
    75
    Through its happy welding of superb vocals and tactical percussion, Gold Leaves achieves a timeless quality, with a bright future on the horizon.
  2. Sep 1, 2011
    40
    Olsen's infatuations with analog R&B, psychedelic doo-wop, and '60s British pop maven Scott walker are fine for an indolent afternoon, but lacks the melodic robustness to warrant repeat listens. [Jul 2011, p.89]
  3. Aug 29, 2011
    77
    The Ornament's expansiveness owes a fair bit to Olsen's voice, which sounds like it's been given an emotional B12 shot. His lyrics are prettily--albeit somewhat emptily-- evocative, richly textured, and his tonal pronunciation (the "PO-lice cars" of "Hanging Window") adds temporal sentimentality to his words.