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Angel Olsen has dropped a new album, My Woman
Angel Olsen’s indie/folk sound is a sound that I reserve for when I’m feeling down. If the lyrical content is dreary, it’ll allow me to cry, get over my case of the sads, and move on. If it’s dreamy, it’ll uplift me and help me get over my case of the sads so I can move on.
What My Woman” did for me was make me feel like I was talking to an old friend. Angel is a woman’s woman. She sings the songs that we’ve all sung a thousand times in our head. Songs of love, disappointment, self-discovery, and the like.
“Intern,” the opener, speaks to the need to find out who you are and then know that person intimately. She sings: “Still gotta wake up and be someone.” Lyrics so simple but somehow personal to nearly every human being.
In “Pops,” the closing song, you feel every tear she’s ever cried and are exhausted after the last note.
The entire album feels retro, reminiscent of an artist you may have heard 50 years ago. And it neither makes me feel just sad or happy. I want to feel, and have felt, all the feelings from start to finish. And I’m better for it.
Score: 4.5 out of 5
Must Listens: “Sister,” “Pops,” & “Give It Up”