Angel Olsen - My Woman

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Where Angel Olsen’s 2014 breakthrough Burn Your Fire For No Witness flickered with lo-fi fervor, her latest, My Woman, oozes unhurried glamour and moments of sweeping grandeur. Olsen shifts between genres with graceful precision, breaking down the limiting (and, sometimes, sexist) critiques that have dogged her career, often identified primarily by her connection to male musicians like Bonnie “Prince” Billy. On My Woman, Olsen asserts her control, proving that she can be whoever she wants to be. Since releasing Burn Your Fire, Olsen has been plagued by the leathered critique that her music sounds like it’s coming from a “girl” who’s either trapped or lost in some folksy rabbit hole — a trope that is implausible in the wake of My Woman. “I dare you to understand/ What makes me a woman,” she challenges on “Woman”, pushing the end of each line skyward like she’s hitting the high striker at the county fair. Although her bio insists that the narratives within the record aren’t intended to comment on gender roles, My Woman strikes down the notion that neither Olsen’s artistry nor her womanhood can be limited.

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