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Burn Your Fire For No Witness

February 18, 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 18, 2014
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • Copyright: 2014 Jagjaguwar
  • Total Length: 44:20
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00HG9VI7M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,164 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

This was the first album I've heard from her, and now I'm definitely going to go buy her debut.
Sarah
The songs sound great but when you add the very cool and sometimes funny lyrics into the mix, the result is a wonderful masterpiece.
Stacy Tackett
I especially liked the fact I could clearly hear her voice and the words to the song without music drowning her out.
AgreeingSoup

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Tackett on February 27, 2014
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This album is stunning. Within 3 full listens I was completely blown away. I would say that there is a little Cat Power, Patsy Cline, and Rilo KIley in the complicated blend that is Angel but she really is quite unique. The songs sound great but when you add the very cool and sometimes funny lyrics into the mix, the result is a wonderful masterpiece. I have obsessed over music for over 30 years now and have accumulated over 1000 albums and this album is likely to end up way up high on the top tier of my collection. I was late to discover Waxahatchee which I really like a lot but man this is just on another level for me. Several tracks stick out right away but it's those slower, longer tunes that are where the real treasure is. Also, Hi-Five is just way too perfect. Definitely worth a purchase.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on February 18, 2014
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Angel Olsen has paid her dues. She has been a backing singer for Will Oldham and toured as a support act backing Neko Case in the UK last year. In this sophomore album "Burn your fire for no witness" she has staked a claim for wider recognition and on the evidence of this record her rise is as inevitable as it is unstoppable.

She is often compared to artists like Leonard Cohen and to be fair the old Canadian would be a "happy bunny" if he had constructed a song as good as Olsen's near seven minute "White Fire", not least the reflection that "Everything is tragic, it all just falls apart." This is haunting semi spoken melancholy of the highest order, with her husky voice also echoing the music of Cardiff past musical champions the Young Marble Giants. It would be wrong however to create the impression that this album ambles along with retreads of "Famous Blue Raincoat". Throughout it has highly charged electric songs not least the rollicking "Forgiven/Forgotten" which is straight out of the Black Francis and Kim Deal handbook. Other songs like "High & Wild" have a lo fi quality which is endearing with Olsen's dark lyrics holding attention throughout like a mid west P J Harvey. The choice of "Hi-Five' as a single is somewhat puzzling since its commercial appeal is limited but as a album track it adds to the fine sequencing. More powerful is the fuller rock punch of "Stars", alternatively the ragged alt country of the "Lights out" is an album highlight.

A gentler side to Olsen emerges in to the two songs that close the album when her wonderful voce dominates to full effect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AgreeingSoup on March 24, 2014
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I especially liked the fact I could clearly hear her voice and the words to the song without music drowning her out. She has a voice that is pleasant to listen to. I liked her and I hope she goes far in her career.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MrT on March 17, 2014
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Discovered Angel Olsen streaming on NPR and could not wait for transition to Spotify. Bought CD (a rare thing). Glad I did. Voice has great character (not your pop queen), arrangements / productions are edgy and cool, but the real draw is the songwriting with lyrics that cleverly capture the human condition. A rare talent offering rare insights in a distinctive voice. Not an "upper" by any stretch of the imagination, but some catchy beats can be found (try "High & Wild" and "Stars") among the somber introspective songs (e,g, "Iota"). All are written and sung with meaning (heart and mind).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on March 13, 2014
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On her 3rd solo album, Chicago artist Angel Olsen is here to unload & entertain, and she’s not
shy about it. Whether in a deceptively gentle acoustic number or a twang-guitar driven rocker,
she gathers her emotions in the voice and lays them all over your heart. Sometimes recalls
Neko Case, Lindi Ortega, Jesse Sykes, Scout Niblett, Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards).
This is Americana/folk-tinged indie rock with substance and a surprising power.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim on April 3, 2014
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See her live if you get the chance. Great voice, great backing band. Her new career direction is the right one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joel on February 26, 2014
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Great album but some songs outdo others. Angel Olsen is a talent for sure but its still to be seen if she can write a classic album
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Nowak on April 12, 2014
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Angel Olsen has a great band behind her in this new album and she writes great songs. Really enjoyab;e and really good production.
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