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‘Burn Your Fire For No Witness’, the second LP from  singer-songwriter Angel Olsen, is nothing short of fantastic. A melodic collection of gorgeous, stirring folk tracks, it’s sure to enchant the listener.

Olsen’s music is often described as “dark folk”, which rings true for tracks like sprawling, melancholic “White Fire” and beautifully pensive “Windows”. But there’s a lighter side in garage-esque “Forgiven/Forgotten” and “High & Wild”, a nod to Americana. Fortunately, Olsen’s superb songwriting and intelligent lyrics span both sides of the album, making it a captivating ride.

The album is also very well paced in terms of tempo and emotional range, avoiding the common singer-songwriter pitfall of monotony.  Olsen is no melodramatic songstress; her voice is that of a person with a broad outlook and a natural sense of insight. Nor does she shy around the central issues brought up on her songs; she boldly and honestly faces her ghosts, adding an emotional depth that makes the album even more powerful.

I would also like to compliment the production- it’s decidedly lo-fi, but Olsen’s stunning voice takes the forefront and resonates clearly throughout.

‘I wish I had the voice of everything”, Olsen laments on “Stars”, and while that may not be possible, she comes pretty close. With “Burn Your Fire For No Witness”, she has crafted a nearly perfect record that is both enjoyable and stirring in the very best ways, and I can’t praise it enough.

Julia’s rating: 9/10

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