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All Mirrors

Angel Olsen

All Mirrors

Fourth full-length studio release from American singer-songwriter produced by Grammy Award-winning John Congleton (St Vincent, Swans)

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  1. 10.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Olsen delivers her most cohesive, self-aware, and searing effort to date
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  2. 10.0 |   NME

    Angel Olsen’s love songs always come with the suggestion that eternal love is impossible. On her fourth album she looks to herself for solace
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  3. 10.0 |   NOW

    The songs are devastating, but also nourishing: it’s a whole new version of Olsen
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  4. 10.0 |   musicOMH

    Olsen, her arrangers and producer (The Paper Chase‘s John Congleton) have created an album that simply bulges with perfection and timeless songs
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  5. 9.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Olsen’s orchestra-filled fourth album is a late-stage contender for rock album of the decade
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  6. 9.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    It invites us to join in on the warmth of this string-laden, emotionally poignant outburst. In the broader context of her discography it may only be a fling – but it burns fervently and ever bright
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  7. 9.0 |   All Music

    Though she may have initially built her reputation on stark and brittle atmospheres, it turns out that her trademark vulnerability is only elevated by these stirring, highly stylized interpretations, making it a risk that pays off in spades
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  8. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Records like this don’t come along often. When they do it’s better to sit back and bask in them, than worry about what might come next
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  9. 9.0 |   Crack

    Resplendent and theatrical, All Mirrors is Olsen’s most ambitious and best album yet
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  10. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A triumphant rebirth
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  11. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    This is her biggest sounding release to date and it could have been given the alternative title All Ambition
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  12. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The sound of an artist carving out a space where she can be as loud—or as quiet—as she likes
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  13. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Monumental and intimate in equal measure, All Mirrors' boldness is exceeded only by its profound emotional resonance. Angel Olsen's talents were always apparent. Here, they seem limitless
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  14. 9.0 |   Rolling Stone

    With cinematic strings and goth-noir drama, the singer-songwriter makes her biggest, boldest record yet
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  15. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    An extended meditation on the vagaries of fortune through regeneration, but for the listener, the experience is pure bliss
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  16. 9.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    All Mirrors is a record that implores you to spend time with it
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  17. 9.0 |   The Music

    As ever, Olsen delivers an artfully crafted album that showcases her masterful control over her sound
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  18. 8.9 |   Pitchfork

    The breathtaking songs of Angel Olsen’s fifth album are fleshed out by a 12-piece string section and deliver grand gestures about romance, authenticity, and being simply at the mercy of how we feel
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  19. 8.5 |   The 405

    Olsen has always managed to convey acidity, humour and intelligence with the deftness of her words and delivery, but the additional instrumentation on her fourth record puts it all on a much grander stage
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  20. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Not unlike love itself, it is a riveting, wrenching, and absurdly rewarding experience
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  21. 8.0 |   DIY

    This is gothic high-drama at its finest, opening up the rewarding path that is to come
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  22. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    It may take some time and uninterrupted concentration, but the expansive All Mirrors grows on you with repeated plays
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  23. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Feels like the most fully-realized version of Olsen that we’ve gotten yet
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  24. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Olsen is at the peak of her powers
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  25. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It might be missing a killer single or two but All Mirrors is expressive and expansive throughout — Olsen’s horizons have never been more boundless
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  26. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Angel Olsen returns with a dramatic, devastating new record with some unpredictable flourishes
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  27. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Behind the parachute silk and dry ice, the smoke and mirrors, stands a record in high emotional definition, its outline becoming sharper by the second. Print edition only

  28. 8.0 |   Uncut

    All Mirrors is her boldest reinvention yet. Print edition only

  29. 8.0 |   Q

    All Mirrors strikes an impressive balance between familiar and strange - resulting in an album that's startling and breathtakingly beautiful. Print edition only

  30. 8.0 |   The Independent

    An album as expansive as it is overwhelming
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  31. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Literate, melodious songs twist into dissonance and darkness on Olsen’s new album. It’s a rewarding, unexpected listen
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  32. 7.0 |   Clash

    Intuitive, interior, and one hell of a prize
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  33. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    The chemistry between the producers and Olsen makes this a masterful creation
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  34. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    The music is gorgeous but feels labored over, like pottery lacquered with one too many layers of shellac
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  35. 6.0 |   The FT

    The artist keens, murmurs, cries and trills amid the violins, drums and moodily billowing synthesisers
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  36. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Strangely, Olsen’s voice gets a bit lost in the mix, a little too ill-defined, atmospheric and understated to stand up to the operatics surrounding her
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