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Half Way Home

Angel Olsen - Half Way Home
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2012 Ratings: #162 / 944
User Score
Based on 74 ratings
2012 Ratings: #56
September 4, 2012 / Release Date
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Bathetic / Label
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While the album never stumbles wildly or veers off course, there is a bleakness, even in the midst of some of the more hopeful songs, that may keep some listeners at a distance.


What makes Half Way Home magnificent is its openness to what could be, to potential.

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Olsen’s white-hot volatility isn’t the main story of Half Way Home, but more the engine that carries her equally remarkable sense for folk- and country-based arrangements into something far less definable; even “anti-folk” is shallow in comparison. 

Bare-bones harmonies, restrained instrumentation, and Olsen's brilliantly isolated musical persona result in an album to return to repeatedly, with new layers revealing themselves each time.

She can put her voice wherever she wants to, and she can land it without warning. It can cut or soothe, scare or comfort, and you’re not quite sure what it’s going to do—and when it’s going to do it. 

Folkier, more minimalistic than her later albums, Half Way Home is a grower. It doesn't reach the heights of Burn Your Fire, but the potential is undeniable.
“Half Way Home” is Angel Olsen’s true introduction — a bit more of a folk album than the projects to come, but still an excellent and representative depiction of her songwriting style and powerful, idiosyncratic vocals. It’s a stark and dramatic album, but not gloomy or self-pitying; you get the sense that Angel Olsen is somewhere in the process of coming to terms with death and loss, approaching these subjects in uncompromising and honest manner. Olsen ends ... read more
the first two songs are absolute peak angel olsen. the rest is just a build up to what would come then (burn your fire for no witness)
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Track List

  1. Acrobat 
  2. The Waiting 
  3. Safe in the Womb 
  4. Lonely Universe 
  5. Can't Wait Until Tomorrow 
  6. Always Half Strange 
  7. You Are Song 
  8. Miranda 
  9. The Sky Opened Up 
  10. Free 
  11. Tiniest Seed
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Added on: September 12, 2012