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Angel Olsen


A collection of obscurities and rarities from the Missouri-born indie/folk singer-songwriter

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  1. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Reaffirms its singer’s preeminence in the current milieu of indie rock
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    When you have a voice like Angel Olsen's, you can afford to strip away almost all of the instruments, and most of the production value, and still be left with something moving and powerful
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  3. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Unlike the limitations that come with a tight studio album, each Phases track has space to fulfil its own purpose. The tracks sway about a bit, and, in doing so, make for a vast and emotionally compelling collection of songs
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Your indie kid sister’s Christmas gift, sorted
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    ‘Phases’ is a deeply autumnal album, perfectly for listening to while strolling down dimly lit side streets with crisp leaves underfoot
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  6. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Achieves the rare distinction of must-have odds-and-ends album
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  7. 8.0 |   The 405

    Delivers tracks that will remain memorable and even revelatory in Olsen’s back catalogue, whilst delving into the very essence of her persona
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

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  9. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Olsen’s discarded songs are better than others’ best efforts
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  10. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    It's a trail of dropped clues to the creative process of the defiantly mercurial Olsen
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  11. 7.6 |   Paste Magazine

    If Phases proves anything, it’s that Olsen’s discards are better than a lot of artists’ best efforts
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  12. 7.0 |   All Music

    While likely of interest mostly to dedicated fans due to the eclectic nature of the recordings, it may also pique the curiosity of those less familiar with Olsen's growing, distinctive catalog
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  13. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    If these are the leftovers, it’s fun to imagine how tasty Angel Olsen’s next main course will be
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  14. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    For those new to her work, this is a good introduction to her older work, and moreover, yet another example of her incredible talent as a storyteller and composer
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  15. 7.0 |   Clash

    For fans of Olsen's work this is a treasure trove of lesser known recordings that capture the artist in a period in which her sound was ever-evolving and progressing
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  16. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    For fans of Half Way Home, Phases might be a welcome reminder that Olsen still has her lo-fi sensibilities intact
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  17. 7.0 |   Earbuddy

    Olsen peels back the skin of her original music to show us the skeleton of Roy Orbison
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  18. 6.0 |   State

    A varied release in terms of quality and substance, Phases mainly serves to highlight the artist’s progression as a songwriter
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  19. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    For mega-fans, this will provide an exciting insight into Olsen at her most private and tender; for the rest of us, it’s a good compilation that doesn’t quite match up to the grandeur of her previous LPs
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  20. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The record is dominated by the muted folk that started her career
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