#7 of 2016
Third album from Angel Olsen. As others have noted, she moves away from her more folky/singer-songerwriter-y work towards a fuller, more nuanced sound. I wouldn't call it pop exactly, as that implies a certain superficiality, although "Shut Up Kiss Me" (Make sure to watch the video.) is the catchiest song she's ever written. A great album. Released in 2016 on Jagjaguwar.
Olsen's great singing voice is more confident, in a wider range of styles--a step forward from her previous (very good) work.
Being an Angel Olsen fan is rewarding. Not only is each album better than the one before, the new work casts the older in new light, revealing new starting points, unexpected influences and richer directions. "My Woman" is a terrific blend of 60's garage pop ("Never Be Mine", "Shut Up Kiss Me") and longer, slow-burning pieces ("Those Were the Days", "Pops") that simply stun, begging for repeated listening. Olsen's voice and songwriting get more expressive with each album.
This album has a serious synth vibe. I miss her previous pared- down rock style, but I appreciate her experimentation and growth. I adore her voice.
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