Angel Olsen - Phases
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Based on 15 reviews
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Based on 59 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

With echoes of her other work, Phases captures the deepening of Olsen’s sound over time.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

A testament to Angel Olsen’s ever-evolving artistic sensibilities, Phases expertly traces the various modes of her career without losing sight of the larger picture.

80
Exclaim!

Here, she moves through songs about love and life that, whether because of the cavernous, sometimes tinny production or her timeless songwriting style (and often, both), feel channelled from some ghostly past where musical arrangement was simpler but emotions weren't.

80
Northern Transmissions

Gut wrenching and with enough shining moments to be worth the listen, it just feels a little undercooked.

80
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.

80
NME

‘Phases’ is a gentle but solid thing, a quiet record that speaks loudly and encompasses the past 80 years of music.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Phases is a stirring document not just of a singular songwriting talent, but of the thrillingly rapid development of it over such a short space of time.

79
Pitchfork

This collection of B-sides, demos, and covers is terrific and revelatory in its own right. It's a trail of dropped clues to the creative process of the defiantly mercurial Olsen.

76
Paste

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

70
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.

70
AllMusic

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.

70
American Songwriter

If these are the leftovers, it’s fun to imagine how tasty Angel Olsen’s next main course will be.

70
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.

60
Loud and Quiet

‘Phases’ ... should encapsulate Angel Olsen in all her guises but there isn’t much hint of the stripped back rock of her first two records, and no trace of the ’80s pop glam that made ‘My Woman’ sparkle. Instead, the record is dominated by the muted folk that started her career.

Oct 24, 2017
76fex
NR
Angel Olsen just might, in fact, be the wife I left at The K (K-mart for us regulars) back in my hometown of Odeville. Wish i still had her by my dying side... such a beautiful voice :/
Nov 15, 2017
HighClouds
73
“Phases” is another testament to Angel Olsen’s singular songwriting talents, a window to the intimate recording processes of an incredibly gifted young woman.

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Nov 10, 2017
lauramarin
83
gotta love your phases, angel.
Nov 13, 2017
soreman
77
I don't know why, but i like this low key shit.
Nov 11, 2017
chessmess
78
Obviously not as good as My Woman, it is a collection of b-sides after all. And yet, it does not actually sound like b-sides, but rather proof of concepts, rough ideas and emotions that just for some reason could not be articulated very well in a full-length LP. The minimalist instrumental approach really helps present those skeletal ideas as honestly as possible.
Track List
  1. Fly On Your Wall
  2. Special
  3. Only With You
  4. All Right Now
  5. Sans
  6. Sweet Dreams
  7. California
  8. Tougher Than the Rest
  9. For You
  10. How Many Disasters
  11. May as Well
  12. Endless Road
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton, boniverski


Added on: September 21, 2017