My Woman (studio album) by Angel Olsen
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My Woman is ranked as the best album by Angel Olsen.
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.3/100, a mean average of 78.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.1.
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I don't see the appeal in this record. For me, it sounds generic and I have heard this sound and style done better on other albums The longer the record goes the weaker it gets as well which leads to it feeling extremely elongated and repetitive by the time you are on the final track. The first 3 songs are the peak of the release and they are full of quite a bit of quality. After that I find myself struggling to listen to the whole release as there isn't much to look forward to. Overall, a very promising start to an album that becomes lost the further you go into the music as it becomes reasonably dull and uninteresting.
Sounds like some '70s folk artist tried to become Nirvana... That's probably exactly what happened actually. It's only rock 'n' roll and punk on paper, but often - no - all the time I wonder why they even bother with the backbeat and noisy guitar solos if there's no heart in it. Stick with folk then. And the tracks that do that make much more sense in my opinion, and sound quite nice, but folk is not my expertise.
Edit: Okay so I was not crazy when I thought it sounded like Stevie Nicks, since someone else also pointed this out. I wanted to write her name instead of "some '70s folk artist" at first. Anyway, it doesn't sound like she rips her off, let's make that clear, that's not what I'm saying.
Angel Olsen took 6 years, 2 albums a bunch of singles and a superb EP to become an over night sensation on album number 3 “My Woman “. Of course those in the know who had followed her career from the beginning always understood what a special talent she was and eventually the genie would be out of the bottle and so it has come to pass
This album will become known as Angel Olsens transition album taking her from lonesome folk singer to fully fledged songstress which would be continued on and improved upon with the following release 2019’s excellent ‘All Mirrors’. And here’s the thing, ‘My Woman’ is actually a concept album about a relationship gone bad from a women’s perspective and if that sounds familiar it should - Mitski’s 2018 masterpiece ‘Be The Cowboy’ has the exact same narrative
AO has openly admitted ‘My Woman’ has a distinct Side A and Side B with the tracks Intern , Never Be Mine, Shut Up Kiss Me, Give it Up , Not Gonna Kill You and Heart Shaped Face representing the more uptempo tracks and the 2nd half ( Sister , Those Were The Days , Woman ,Pops ) a somber closing as things fall completely apart. Having listened to this album as many times as I have this narrative makes complete sense
‘My Woman ‘ is an album that takes several listens to fully appreciate, the first couple of spins you will be left wondering what all the fuss is about but perseverance is richly rewarded particularly Side B
Those first three songs are to die for.
The first 3 songs are sheer perfection and a ton of fun to listen to. The second half is not bad, but it just doesn't hold my interest quite as much. I'll try to give it time and see if it grows on me, though. Either way a really solid album and nothing is bad on it.
Both heartwarming and heartbreaking. Very few artists can achieve this. Despite her obvious influences, Angel Olsen is still one of a kind.
A class act-this may actually turn out to be my fav album of 2016, although I only heard it this year. Angel Olsen has a great attitude and sexiness that is often missing in rock. Why is she so underappreciated?
Does anyone else hear Stevie Nicks?
A haunting listen. I have some dark memories living in a cabin in the woods alone. Cold, but not uncomfortable. Nestled next to a hearth fire listening to this over and over and over again.
It's really good! Some really great songs, guitar riffs, lyrics and singing.
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