Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2019 Ratings: #15 / 655
Year End Rank: #6
User Score
2019 Ratings: #11
Liked by 27 people
October 4, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jagjaguwar / Label
Art Pop, Chamber Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
musicOMH

Olsen, her arrangers and producer have created an album that simply bulges with perfection and timeless songs.

100
NME

Ultimately this record – her best yet – is about finding a different kind of love: the quiet self-examination after the dust of a break-up finally settles.

100
Consequence of Sound

All Mirrors is a successful example of how being bold and staying true to yourself pays off. Undeniably, this is Olsen’s most cohesive, self-aware, and searing album to date, and the era of Olsen is far from finished.

100
NOW Magazine

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

95
Paste

Her newfound embrace of violins, violas and cellos elevates her shadowy, often synth-infused rock to extraordinarily goosebump-inducing heights, making All Mirrors her third consecutive (and likely best) masterpiece to date.

92
Sputnikmusic

An undeniable stunner that should go down as one of the strongest art-pop albums of the year.

90
AllMusic

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.

90
Under The Radar

The album is an extended meditation on the vagaries of fortune through regeneration, but for the listener, the experience is pure bliss.

90
The Line of Best Fit

It’s all at once a whirlwind of colliding ideas both past and present, a bold stride into the future, a new sound pushed beyond expectation, an album that marks the passing of time and the changing of minds, a continued rebirth.

90
Exclaim!

Monumental and intimate in equal measure, All Mirrors' boldness is exceeded only by its profound emotional resonance.

90
Rolling Stone

It’s worth the investment; the emotion’s as visceral as it is complex, and it ranks among the best sounding records this year, deserving to be cranked on a good sound system — an album to spend time with, to fall into, to shut up and let yourself be kissed by.

90
Slant Magazine

All Mirrors is challenging and confrontational, and rewards close, present listening.

90
Loud and Quiet

For the most part, this is her biggest sounding release to date and it could have been given the alternative title All Ambition.

90
Crack Magazine

Resplendent and theatrical, All Mirrors is Olsen’s most ambitious and best album yet.

90
God Is in the TV

Within the records dramatic, theatrical entice there are moments of pomp and grandeur nestled next to feathered heartache, periods of indelibly cool swagger that fall into the closing tracks mournful eulogies.  Records like this don’t come along often.

90
Northern Transmissions

All Mirrors is a record that implores you to spend time with it. This isn’t a one and done for the type of people that need an instant gratification fix. This is something that you can hear the amount care and thought that went into every note and every production choice.

90
The Young Folks

The lovely, streamlined and confident All Mirrors is a personal journey made universal, and an album about the past that realizes the present is what’s most important.

89
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.
85
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.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

All Mirrors isn’t just a rousing, blast-worthy record, but a distillation of craft in the face of the reliable instability of human existence.

80
DIY

This is gothic high-drama at its finest, opening up the rewarding path that is to come.

80
American Songwriter

It may take some time and uninterrupted concentration, but the expansive All Mirrors grows on you with repeated plays.  It’s worth the effort.

80
The Skinny

A dramatic, devastating new record with some unpredictable flourishes.

80
The Guardian

It is rewarding: the sound of Angel Olsen skilfully mapping out an unanticipated new territory for herself, further out on the left-field. Nothing on All Mirrors ends up quite where you expect, including the artist who made it.

80
The Independent

It is ... balletic and haywire, refusing to follow traditional rules of song structure. Listening to it feels like accidentally pressing play on two songs at once, and finding the combination strangely inebriating.

80
Spectrum Culture

All Mirrors feels like the most fully-realized version of Olsen that we’ve gotten yet.

80
Albumism

Whatever qualms I have about All Mirrors are comfortably outweighed by the pleasure I’ve taken in listening to it. Olsen’s vocals are gorgeous, the mix is great, the arrangements are even better, and the songwriting is imaginative and powerful. It’s a really, really great album and it deserves your time.

80
Record Collector
The one-time folkie’s fourth album exorcises romantic demons by taking another bold leap forward.
70
Clash

‘All Mirrors’ is a record that is so intuitive and interior, that it feels it could be difficult to penetrate - but it’s one hell of a prize if you give it the chance.

70
Gigwise

Musically, lyrically, and rhythmically, All Mirrors is beautiful and intense.

67
A.V. Club

It’s fatiguing to listen to All Mirrors straight through, which makes it easy to overlook the collection’s highlights.

60
The Needle Drop

Some of Angel Olsen's unique personality traits as a singer-songwriter sadly get lost in All Mirrors' grander instrumental palette.

60
The Observer

Even though these arrangements are not gratuitous, and All Mirrors is beautifully wrought, it never quite devastates.

ThrowBackG
80
There's a line in Olsen's debut EP that reads:

"Please don't confuse me
with your devastating stare-downs
I'll hold your mirror up
All you have to do is turn around.
So you can see the face you make
When are giving out your soul.
Are you the only one who doesn't already know?"

The figure in question certainly gets called out during the track, and so they should, but if "If It's Alive, It Will" is an indication of anything, it's that we tend to be the most critical of ... read more
WildChameleon
90
You like Titanic Rising ? You like All Mirrors.

Period.
Inglume
81
At long last, Angel Olsen has finally won me over! :D

Before I go on with my review, I'd like to preface by saying that I don't get the comparisons between this and Titanic Rising. Sure, they stem from the same avenue of art and baroque pop, but Weyes Blood and Angel Olsen are two distinct vocalists with their own style, ambitions and personality. To me, it's like saying I'll like Freddie Gibbs if I like Pusha T cause they both rap about drugs.

Anyways...I've never found much interesting or ... read more
_zeltrxn17
93
this is my 300th rating btw not so necessary but uwu

I was waiting for this week with passion for uknowhatimsayin¿, but I'll have to say this baby right here takes the cake.
This is the kinda albums that's just so good you can't even articulate a proper description for it. You like Titanic Rising, right? This is better. Much better. This is around as beautiful, and as emotionally intense as Lingua Ignota's Caligula, but you don't piss yourself listening to it, it's just Chamber pop that ... read more
dearsongs
85
If you look back at my overall scores for the 2010's you can see how much I like Angel Olsen. The moment I heard Burn Your Fire back in 2014 I was hooked. Her, Beach House, and FJM have undoubtedly been my favorite artists from this decade.

This album is good, it really is, but right now to me this just sounds like me losing AO to the rest of the world. Gone is the folk rock, gone is the indie rock. I can't hold it against her for looking to make something so grand. I can't hate her for ... read more
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Track List

  1. Lark
  2. All Mirrors
  3. Too Easy
  4. New Love Cassette
  5. Spring
  6. What It Is
  7. Impasse
  8. Tonight
  9. Summer
  10. Endgame
  11. Chance
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Added on: July 27, 2019