My Woman
Angel Olsen - My Woman
Critic Score
Based on 30 reviews
2016 Rank: #12 / 722
User Score
Based on 510 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny
The voice – that pure, craggy vibrato – is bold and beautiful, and on her fourth and (by some distance) best album, it finds the showcase it needs and deserves.
91
Consequence of Sound

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.

91
A.V. Club

My Woman is one of the realest albums of the year.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Angel Olsen isn’t a chameleon; she’s simply one of the best songwriters we have, who can play any style of music she turns her muse to. MY WOMAN is Olsen at the top of her game - heartfelt, insightful and musically adventurous.

90
American Songwriter

Individually, all of the songs are strong, self-contained bits of cleverly written and emotionally gripping indie rock ... Olsen has always been a compelling songwriter, but more than ever she showcases a range evident in just how versatile that songwriting is.

90
PopMatters

Not only are all her greatest idiosyncrasies on flattering display throughout My Woman, but the album offers dozens of new reasons to fall deeply, unreasonably in love with her music.

90
Paste

Angel Olsen’s fearless and eloquent embrace of raw emotions in all their messy splendor ultimately feels oddly uplifting, the way it always does when you witness a gifted artist at her best.

90
FasterLouder

The candidness on My Woman captures what makes Olsen such a compelling artist, making for an album that will stand as a critical release in her illustrious career.

90
musicOMH

While her previous album Burn Your Fire For No Witness seemed like a huge step up for her, My Woman seems even more like a statement.

90
Uncut

Her ambitious third record marks another giant progression in an already distinguished career, and offers provocative thoughts on sacrifice and identity that should long outlast its 48-minute runtime.

90
God Is in the TV

It’s ... an immensely varied and almost uncategorisable album of alt-pop music infected with a burgeoning artistry.  It is utterly startling, one of the best records of the year.

88
Pitchfork

My Woman walks a tightrope of love to figure out what it is—how to find it, how to allow it in, how to feel it, how to fight for it, how to let it go—by a person who does not lose herself in the process.

84
Sputnikmusic

From the surreal, cloudy opening of ‘Intern’ to the wild and noisy guitars that close out ‘Sister,’ MY WOMAN feels like an authentic trip into Angel Olsen’s mind. It may not be perfect - and it’s certainly not all roses - but it’s real.

82
Northern Transmissions

Side-stepping the folk and rock touches of earlier work, it finds the singer’s voice complemented by a deep swell of vintage synths. Her familiar vibrato mixes together elements of malaise, drive, disappointment, and hope.

80
Exclaim!

A fascinating, affecting statement from a musician firmly in control of her artistry.

80
NOW Magazine
It's a determined album, almost to a fault, and like the romance hinted at in lead single Shut Up Kiss Me, the album is occasionally messy and frequently epic.
80
Under The Radar

What is consistent is Olsen's musical personality, which feels perfectly at ease and singular, irrespective of producers or genres or other boxes that might try to contain it.

80
DIY
Despite the uncertain, vague and fast-shifting idealism fuelling many of her lyrics, ‘My Woman’ often shows her at her boldest and most concentrated.
80
The Guardian
Angel Olsen’s third album is immediately and enormously enjoyable, but also one that might take a long time to fully absorb.
80
Drowned in Sound

In terms of composition and production, MY WOMAN is Olsen’s most ambitious album yet. Taking a more polished — though not straight-up glossy — approach, Olsen sounds more vulnerable for having made her vocals more central to the mix.

80
AllMusic

While some tracks will surprise established fans, to say that My Woman is a departure or style swap for Olsen doesn't really take into account the album as a whole. The elements that are new here play out like a means to an end for a songwriter with a tale to tell, one chock-full of raw emotions.

80
Clash

It’s addictive yet confusing, instantaneous yet difficult to fully understand – it continually forces to you to cease arguing, and simply listen.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

My Woman is a record coated in the sounds of radio’s past, a potpourri of classic rock gestures and doo-wop sway, yet Olsen’s mindset is anything but nostalgic.

80
No Ripcord

What makes My Woman great isn't the new synths or the rockier tone. It's Olsen herself, filling these songs with the love, desire, anguish and acceptance that comes from her perspective as a woman.

80
NME

As with her previous efforts Olsen’s unique vocal steals the show, but this is the singer opening up all the other parts to her personality. The more we see, the more there is to love.

80
Crack Magazine

Here, Olsen has fallen back in love with her timbre. She jumps around scales, introduces some gorgeous work in the higher registers, and employs a breathiness in Those Were the Days that transcends flirtatiousness. 

80
The Needle Drop
Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen drops the solid, expressive record I've been waiting for since I heard her music back in 2012.
75
Pretty Much Amazing

It’s more ambitious than her last one; better too. But I simply don’t think the formulaic songwriting is worthy of praise, nor the very notion of being more ambitious.

70
Slant Magazine

It’s an album steeped in 1960s jangle pop, swirling psychedelia, and other classic influences that further breaks Olsen’s music away from anything that could definitively be called folk rock.

70
Loud and Quiet
Olsen’s immense talent hovers under the surface throughout, and of course the vocals are consistently stunning.
Aug 10, 2016*
SiberianBreaks
79
Today's most vulnerable voice embraced in the stylings of contemporary rural Americana has unexpectedly displayed some of the most excellent growth in maturity a singer/songwriter has done so far this year. "Unexpectedly" for the fact that the two singles leading up to this have been foreshadowing a huge shift to a sort of popstar character complete with shiny wigs and cocky attitudes. 'Intern' took a synthetic, Katy Perry approach to Olsen's usual slowburner style of songwriting with ... read more
Jul 30, 2016
sourcherry24
95
My favorite record of the year. Incredible second half. Fantastic voice. Fucking massive.
Aug 5, 2016*
scott96k
89
Shut up Kiss Me is probably my favourite song of this year so far

Edit: Sister is a contender as well
Nov 18, 2016
guileffb
60
I'm not sure how I feel about this album. The tracks are kind of repetitive, but I love the lyrics and her voice can get you in many emotional ways.
But I think it's better to listen to the songs individually. They certainly can't be together and work as an album.
'Shut Up Kiss Me' is one of the best songs of the year, though.
Jan 29, 2017
Caffro
87
Angel Olsen shows so much personality on this LP. I absolutely love her voice! She can be easily transition from being fierce and formidable on one track to quiet and vulnerable on another.

There is such variety on this thing from the quiet and moody "Woman" to the in-your-face "Shut Up, Kiss Me".

If you're a fan of singer-songwriter indie rock albums I think this is a must!


Added on: June 6, 2016