She’s back!! Angel Olsen, the beloved singer-songwriter based in Asheville, North Carolina has returned with her first album in two years with My Woman to be released on September 2nd. Her 2014 album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness was a critical smash with Consequence of Sound calling it “Near perfect” and now in 2016, Olsen has decided to grace us with her lively and at the same time very mellow follow-up. Let’s start with the albums intro, ‘Intern.’ An enchanting, electro-chamber with astounding background vocals and serenading synths that come in one at a time. This track seemed a bit strange at first because the rest of the album has a very organic sound. It is very random and sort of out of place sonically but it is a beautiful track nonetheless that serves as a great overture, just not for this album.
My Woman is largely a very catchy album with almost hypnotic melodies that you can’t help but sing along to as you’re hitting repeat multiple times. ‘Shut Up Kiss Me’ all the way to ‘Heart Shaped Face’ are a sure shot for any radio show that’s looking for some catchy tunes to spin. Speak of the devil, the eventual heavy radio rotating ‘Shut Up Kiss Me’ has an exploding chorus of commanding love that proclaims “Shut Up, kiss me, hold me tight!!!!” as if it were a direct order. Towards the end of the track, the song builds to a loud roar with alluring background vocals that end the song as Lila Sawyer from Hey Arnold would put it, ever so sweetly. “Give It Up” is another catchy moment on this album with the repeating “Give it all up to you!!” left in my head. Angel Olsen does a really good job in making you remember something; especially at the end where she repeats “I want to be!!” multiple times with some dazzling harmonies. Similar deal here with “Not Gonna Kill You,” very melody-driven that’s unforgettable with howling vocals complemented by a furious guitar solo.
Olsen takes a more mellow approach to the second side of My Woman. Take the album’s longest track, ‘Sister;’ clocking in at almost eight minutes, its striking melodies maintained my interest with enchanting, atmospheric vocal harmonies that sounds like multiple women chanting in an abandoned church. This track is slow and relaxing that builds and resolves wonderfully towards the end. Angel Olsen has shown growth in her already existing sharp songwriting skills, there is just more to love here.