Review: My Woman by Angel Olsen

My Woman by Angel OlsenThe massive reception she got on Burn Your Fire For No Witness, her sophomore release back in 2014, has inevitably resulted in high expectations for her new release, My Woman. Angel Olsen delivers, and greatly, with a mixture of verve and introspection – well, not so much a mixture, because peculiarly, the album is clearly split between a jumpy, quick-burst first half reminiscent of 60s garage rock, and a melancholic second half, composed of sprawling songs (two seven-minuters!), more up to speed with her previous work. Yet the tactic works, kicking everything off on a high, rowdy note and then slowly stripping back to reveal a more vulnerable, plaintive side. We knew that side exists, but here the reveal is alluring and, somehow, not predictable. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride I was brought to. [NB]4/5

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