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Burn Your Fire For No Witness

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Angel Olsen Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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If there is one thing that great musicians have in common, it is the compelling way they combine an admirable fearlessness with something vulnerable, something relatable and truly inviting. It's a tricky cocktail to mix, but it unifies the great singers of virtually every genre, from the the most understated folk singers to the very glitziest pop stars. Angel Olsen is one such artist, and ... Read more in Amazon's Angel Olsen Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Unfucktheworld
2. Forgiven/forgotten
3. Hi-five
4. White Fire
5. High & Wild
6. Lights Out
7. Stars
8. Iota
9. Dance Slow Decades
10. Enemy
11. Windows

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Angel Olsen sings with full-throated exultation, admonition, and bold, expressive melody. With the help of producer John Congleton, her music now crackles with a churning, rumbling low end and a brighter energy.

This is one of the most hotly anticipated releases of 2014 so far - the buzz on Angel Olsen from her previous releases has been growing steadily for the last 12 months, coupled with sold out solo shows and a mesmerizing performance at the End Of The Road festival.

Now she unleashes this majestic album - her first with a full band - and it is wowing critics and fans. This is going to be Angel's breakout year.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Angel Olsen - Slow Burn 17 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD
Angel Olsen has paid her dues. She has been a backing singer for Will Oldham and toured as a support act backing Neko Case in the UK last year. In this sophomore album "Burn your fire for no witness" she has staked a claim for wider recognition and on the evidence of this record her rise is as inevitable as it is unstoppable.

She is often compared to artists like Leonard Cohen and to be fair the old Canadian would be a "happy bunny" if he had constructed a song as good as Olsen's near seven minute "White Fire", not least the reflection that "Everything is tragic, it all just falls apart." This is haunting semi spoken melancholy of the highest order, with her husky voice also echoing the music of Cardiff past musical champions the Young Marble Giants. It would be wrong however to create the impression that this album ambles along with retreads of "Famous Blue Raincoat". Throughout it has highly charged electric songs not least the rollicking "Forgiven/Forgotten" which is straight out of the Black Francis and Kim Deal handbook. Other songs like "High & Wild" have a lo fi quality which is endearing with Olsen's dark lyrics holding attention throughout like a mid west P J Harvey. The choice of "Hi-Five' as a single is somewhat puzzling since its commercial appeal is limited but as a album track it adds to the fine sequencing. More powerful is the fuller rock punch of "Stars", alternatively the ragged alt country of the "Lights out" is an album highlight.

A gentler side to Olsen emerges in to the two songs that close the album when her wonderful voce dominates to full effect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The girls are taking over 22 May 2014
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One of the best of a plethora of female (and mostly American) singer/songwriters who have turned up the volume and are just as influenced by punk and roots rock as they are by folk and country. Olsen does the quiet/loud thing very well and has sympathetic accompaniment from like minded musicians. As a former backing singer for Bonnie Prince Billy, the unconventional approach has rubbed off. Should have a good future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witness, listen, love. 21 May 2014
By kappa
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Angel Olsen is righly getting centre stage. This is my favourite album of the year, so far. Heartbreakingly splendid. I’m very much looking forward to see her perform it live on tour this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burning Brightly 2 Mar 2014
By Gannon
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When a reviewer resorts to flights of verbosity – and occasionally I'm as guilty as the rest of them – it’s sometimes because they’re struggling for something meaningful to say. The writing has, for some reason, become a chore: the prose perhaps now more artful than its subject. Your forgiveness is hereby sought then for Bonnie “Prince” Billy protégée Angel Olsen has exactly the sort of magnetic repertoire to generate bouts of such purple superlatives.

Olsen is Missouri-born and very much an old world singer. Or at least she was. Her spellbinding 2010 release Strange Cacti was a dark-arts meeting of haunting reverbed melodies and that stop-you-in-your-tracks vocal. Its follow-up, 2012’s Half Way Home, was a natural progression to fleshed-out freak-folk. And then came the jarring single “Sweet Dreams” – pure plugged-in pop. With that in mind, and with one listen to Burn Your Fire For No Witness’s stomping fuzz-popper “Forgiven/Forgotten”, you’d assume Olsen was done with her old acoustic ways. You’d be wrong though. Olsen’s gone eclectic is all.

She has, for example, a curious Hank Williams-tinged rocker (“Hi-Five”) up her sleeve, an exercise in tumbling storytelling akin to that of the other girl-and-guitar of the moment Courtney Barnett (“High & Wild) and a mesmeric Kimya Dawson/pre-war hybrid (“Un****theworld”) too. All this and still no mention for the stunning 7-minute acoustic “White Fire”, which starts life as a hushed Leonard Cohen-style strum and closes as an unimaginably intangible Nick Drake whisper.

There are a small number of quality control inconsistencies however.
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Got dragged along to see this act in Camden last night at the Electric Ballroom. Must confess I had never heard of her. Normally wouldn't post in such circumstances, but I'd hate for the ill advised to blunder into a purchase of this without listening first, so would advise to check it out on spotify or youtube to make sure it's your thing. Have to say this was one of the worst gigs I have had the misfortune to attend. A standing audience, not dancing or moving in any way, were rooted to the spot with a very small sprinkling of teenage girls amongst them throwing themselves around awkwardly ( clearly having listened to this tripe in their bedrooms alone on repeat ) whilst gloom radiated from the stage. Olsen has the stage presence of a stray cat which has mistakenly ducked into the theatre and is desperately unsettled and disturbed by the small crowd it finds itself confronted with.
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