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On her third album, Angel Olsen rides waves of emotional intensity that take her from the depths of despair to the heights of hope. Burn Your Fire for No Witness is a worthy successor to her 2012 breakthrough Half Way Home, revisiting many of the earlier album’s themes with greater focus and maturity. Tracks like “Forgiven/Forgotten,” “Lights Out,” and “Enemy” probe the subtle torments of love with an unflinching hand. Olsen’s phenomenal vocal range—shifting from murmurs to howls and yodels with impressive control—brings out the expansive vision of “Iota” and the confrontational power of “High & Wild.” The album's pervasive angst gives way to a desperate yearning for healing and peace in the convulsive “Stars” and the tender “Windows.” Olsen’s expressive guitar work is lent sympathetic support by bassist Stewart Bronaugh and drummer Joshua Jaeger, who help her leap from the distorted alt-country of “Hi-Five” to the Leonard Cohen–like folk balladry of “White Fire” and the French chanson feel of “Dance Slow Decades.” Finely crafted and fearlessly sung, Burn Your Fire smolders with dark brilliance.

Customer Reviews


EASILY. Terrific new album from a fantastic new voice.

melodically beautiful.

I discovered her music through “Pitchfork” and can honestly say that it’s a great album from start to finish.

Leonard Cohen meet Roy Orbison

this is an instant classic. the best part is that it seems to be practically recorded live. she is a true artist

I have grown to love this album so much, it is the perfect end of winter album. if you spent this winter alone. like me. haha

if you get only one song, get two and get 'Dance Slow Decade' and ‘Windows’, though I don’t think it’s very likely that you will be satisfied with just two songs.


Born: 1987 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Raised in St. Louis, Missouri and later relocating to Chicago, Illinois, indie folk singer/songwriter Angel Olsen began performing in St. Louis coffee shops in her teenage years, eventually branching out and tapping into a network of like-minded artists. Olsen worked with California musician Emmett Kelly as part of his collective the Cairo Gang, singing harmonies on Bonnie "Prince" Billy's 2010 album The Wonder Show of the World, as well as its 2011 follow-up, Wolfroy Goes to Town. In 2010, Olsen...
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