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  • Audio CD (June 18, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B00CFSWMYM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What We Done?
2. Forgive Me
3. Painful Like
4. Sleep
5. Home
6. Fire
7. I Don t Care (I m a Man)
8. We Become
9. Reconcile
10. Annie (Oh muse, you)
11. You Changed My Life
12. Hurt Me Now

Editorial Reviews

After three years of non-stop touring following the release of 2010's debut Feel It Break, when it came time to record Olympia, Austra had evolved into a collaborative effort between its six members and presents a quantum evolution in the Toronto-based band's sound, structure and style.

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You wont be sorry on this one!
R Rowlett
Many of the songs are a slower tempo, which means less excitement.
Scott Davies
Elements have been added to the music, but they aren't helping.
zeb wilder

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By zeb wilder on June 18, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you want to buy this album, make sure you listen to the clips first! Things have changed.

First off, the song "Home" which I love and they're promoting this album with, is not representative. The other songs don't have the same level of drama and don't showcase the vocals as much. Something has happened between her first (amazing) album and this one. Elements have been added to the music, but they aren't helping. They're turning exceptional music into generic music.

Some of the professional reviews I've read have been praising the new techniques Austra has been using. She's collaborating with people, there's live music. But I wish she would ditch her collaborators. I think they're holding her back and this album would have been better without them.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By pat black on June 18, 2013
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Listened to this several times on NPR. Katie Stelmanis has a remarkable voice. She can make any song magical. Still, I'm saddened by the sameness of the material here. Perhaps the band paid too much attention to the process of creating the sounds live and not enough on the end result. I'll probably download two or three of the songs, but that's it.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Scott Davies on June 21, 2013
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After hearing the first single, 'Home', I was concerned, to say the least. Gone were the wonderful early 80's sounds in favor of a more digital 90's feel. The song is saved only when the real drums kick in. But since I was such a fan of Feel It Break, I was optimistic. Now that I have had Olympia for several days, and have played it numerous times, I can say my concern was warranted.

The sounds throughout Olympia have in fact become more modern, which is a BAD thing. The charm of analogue synths are far more appealing than the crystalline digital blandness here. One song that could have been good, 'Annie', is made unlistenable with the more modern sound. There are a few 80's sounds scattered on Olympia, but in very short supply. The only thing that truly saves portions of the album is Maya's live drumming. Many of the songs are a slower tempo, which means less excitement. It seems to be little more that Katie crying song after song about a failed relationship. What happened to the awesome songs about witchcraft, etc? While some of the songs are nice, none are truly stunning. There is nothing near the creativity of 'Spellwork' (with its quivery keyboards, Katie's stunning vocals, and the way the drumbeats sound like little explosions), or 'The Villian' (with its throbbing beat and amazing chorus).

The album opens with the adequate 'What We Done?', which is little more than background music until it kicks in. Then it really comes to life. Then we go into the so-so adult contemporary sound of 'Forgive Me', before we get to the album's best track, 'Painful Like'. This is the closest thing to the excitement of their debut. This better be a single/video at some point. 'Sleep' is an appropriate title for the next track, because that's what it induces.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 15, 2013
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"Darken Her Horse" was one of 2011's best songs. Forget genre, forget style, the opening track to Austra's debut album was one of the best tracks that you'd find on any record that year. It's a dark, gothic track the swells, pulses, and grows in its seemingly brief 5-minute run time. The song begins with almost tribal-like vocals from frontwoman Katie Stelmanis, but by the end of the song, it's all full-blown electronica. For Austra's second LP, Olympia, there aren't any songs like "Darken Her Horse." The band has evolved from a songwriting vehicle for Katie Stelmanis into an outright synthpop band, and with this change, there's some improvements to the band's sound and some things that were left behind in 2011.

So here's the good news: Austra is in much tighter shape than they were with the previous Feel It Break. Most of the rough edges from their debut have been shaven away in favor of tight instrumentation and poppy arrangements. Almost every song here has something to like, and the sounds used on Olympia are very carefully selected and prepared. There's a lot of attention paid towards what these songs sound like, and while they all inhabit the same style, the perfectionism pays off. The lyrics are also a highlight here - Stelmanis' lyrical voice can be genuinely biting at times. "I Don't Care (I'm a Man)" throws a dark misogynistic narrator into an album normally filled with romantic longing and loneliness. Stelmanis' vocals are just as good as ever, and her shuddering, but strong, voice still stands as one of the defining characteristics of the band on Olympia.

Now here's the bad news: while Austra has grown from Stelmanis' project into a band, it's also lost some of the fun quirks it once had.
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By R Rowlett on December 31, 2013
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I heard a few tracks on Pandora and read some reviews.
Purchased this with the digital download/send me the DVD option.
I knew the first time I listened to the whole album I was hooked!
You wont be sorry on this one!
RR
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By Jessica on October 23, 2013
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I was in love when the first album came out! Sometimes follow up albums are lacking in virility, but I was so pleasantly surprised when I popped this in and they still had it going on. I love that their albums carry a deviant vibe that makes you want to dance and lose yourself in the moment. Dark, but energetic.
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