By Ian Bremner
My Woman is out and Angel Olsen is heading on tour with a 6-piece band. The amount of bandmembers may sound overkill for anyone who associates Olsen with the lo-fi songwriting tendencies of her previous albums. Turns out, the only overkill is the “lo-fi” descriptor itself, still being applied to her.
Though there are lo-fi elements from time to time, My Woman is so far beyond that. My Woman is a gorgeous rock n roll record, whose layers grow upon each listen. The first 5 tracks set the tone with a controlled, raucous feel. Electric guitar, synths, and drums fill the soundscape with Angel Olsen’s voice in full command throughout. The last 5 tracks slow it down and stretch it out.
Where the first two singles, Intern and Shut Up Kiss Me, demonstrate the direction Olsen is taking, there is a noticeable shift in the album at Heart Shaped Face, the sixth track. My Woman plays like a classic A-Side/B-Side record. The A-Side ROCKKSS and the B-Side BURNNSS. By the time album standout, Sister comes around, Olsen’s voice is steady at the forefront, rolling over Crazy Horse-styled guitar solos. It’s an eerie, lonesome type of beauty best found in classic 70’s albums. My Woman packs plenty of punch, but the two, 7-minute burners (Sister and Woman) stick out most without isolating themselves from the bunch.
Watch the beautiful video for Sister and listen to My Woman via spotify (Jagjaguwar)
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