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Big Time

Angel Olsen

Big Time

Sixth full-length studio release from the St Louis-born singer-songwriter working with Jonathan Wilson

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    The sixth album from US songwriter Angel Olsen is a glorious symphony in love, loss and alt-country
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  2. 10.0 |   The Independent

    The singer’s sixth album is a thoroughly blissed-out affair, rocking gently in the warm breezes of vintage country
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  3. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Angel Olsen's Big Time is an Americana-infused feat on grief and flourishing
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  4. 9.0 |   DIY

    Haunting, heartbreaking and life-affirming
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  5. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    A record that’s testament to going through hell and coming out the other side, and one that confirms its author as one of the foremost singer-songwriters of her generation
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  6. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Big Time is a remarkable and intimate display of growth from Angel Olsen
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  7. 8.8 |   Paste Magazine

    The singer's highly anticipated follow-up to All Mirrors delivers devastating, urgent triumphs of self-acceptance
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  8. 8.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    As Big Time continues its steadfast march into the doldrums of Olsen’s recent experiences. It’s a tough trail to follow, but she always describes it with a beauty born of honesty
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  9. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    Angel Olsen taps deeper into her country influences on a warm, self-assured album whose fluid narration unites love and grief, past and present
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  10. 8.0 |   The FT

    The singer-songwriter’s new album explores themes of solitude and grief with a country sound
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  11. 8.0 |   All Music

    Rather than offering something for everyone, Big Time wrangles complex, overwhelming emotions with a broad palette that's commanded by its lyrics and tormented vocal performances
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  12. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    Big Time is a record about the highs and lows we all go through, perfect ally contextualized through her own perspective to come out inherently relatable and deliciously enjoyable in every way
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  13. 8.0 |   The Observer

    A tumultuous couple of years are elegantly worked out on the singer-songwriter’s sixth studio album
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  14. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    It’s an album best explored with headphones, perhaps alone and in the dark, to appreciate Wilson’s intricate instrumentation and Olsen’s intoxicating, fluid, musical dynamics
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  15. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Six albums in, the indie rock darling makes a joyful, triumphant breakthrough
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  16. 8.0 |   NME

    Angel Olsen's sixth album turns a period of intense emotion into an assured, Americana-flecked triumph
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  17. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Her sixth, co-produced by Jonathan Wilson, executes no radical stylistic swerve but neither are its 10 songs of a single type. Rather, they’re a balancing of country – here are echoes of Tammy, Emmylou and Lee Hazlewood – and torch song (kd lang, Roy Orbison), with the odd flourish of cocktail-lounge melancholy (a la Badalamenti) and classic, MGM-style orchestrations. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Big Time doesn't feel like a definitive transformation - it's still tender and unfurled in places - but it does have a new clarity, a sense of masks peeling away, veils dropped. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    It might have taken “something terrible” to make a record like this, but it may well turn out to be Olsen’s magnum opus
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  20. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    With Big Time, Angel Olsen draws inspiration from some of popular music’s most perennial templates, revamping them and reinventing herself
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  21. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Intimate, tragic and romantic, Big Time sees Olsen, whose music has always been incredibly raw and emotive, open her heart more than ever before
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  22. 8.0 |   Clash

    Her ability to shed layers artistically and emotionally, over and over, leaves you excited to see where her next destination may be
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  23. 8.0 |   The Music

    A radical shift for a songwriter whose songs have previously burned with an insatiable intensity
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  24. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Olsen leans country on Big Time, moving between lush slide guitars and piano ballads, singing of grief with a gentleness that exudes as much gratefulness as it does melancholy
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  25. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    The results throughout are often gorgeous, though a little clinical
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