Angel Olsen – My Woman

Basing your impression solely on the blistering, deliciously earworm-y single Shut Up Kiss Me, the video for which sees Olsen rollerskating with a whole lotta attitude in a silver tinsel wig, you may be forgiven for thinking that My Woman marks something of a total reinvention.  However, fans of Olsen’s hauntingly sparse arrangements and the almost Cohen-like, hypnotic fingerpicking that frequented her earlier output shouldn’t worry; the album opens out into a spacious second half, allowing Olsen to build mood and atmosphere more slowly.  Her voice retains its essential drama throughout but on this record she fully allows it its versatility, from urgent, scratchy and distorted to the shimmering beauty that made ‘Burn Your Fire..’ such an arresting listen.


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