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  • Summary: Grant Olsen's latest solo project was produced by Jason Quever of the Papercuts.
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  • Record Label: Hardly Art
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 29, 2011
    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.
  2. Aug 29, 2011
    Gold Leaves go about their dreaminess the au naturel way, and they're all the better for it.
  3. Sep 28, 2011
    Through its happy welding of superb vocals and tactical percussion, Gold Leaves achieves a timeless quality, with a bright future on the horizon.
  4. Aug 29, 2011
    There is a crisp richness to the sound, best appreciated on a decent system, which is redolent of the orchestral pop of the 60s, bringing out also the best of Gold Leaves' folk influences (as The Velvet Underground taught us so well, an aptly placed tambourine shake is a wondrous thing).
  5. Aug 29, 2011
    These fleeting glimpses of originality aren't enough to save the album, though, and until Olsen discovers his own voice, you'd be better served by listening to music by the artists he borrows from so heavily.
  6. Sep 1, 2011
    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]