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Big Time

Angel Olsen

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After falling in love and coming out to her parents as queer at age 34, Angel Olsen lost her dad three days later and her mom two months after that. Weeks later, she went into the studio with producer Jonathan WIlson—a refuge where she could sort out the connected feelings of grief and new love. What emerged is a stunning record of old-school country and torch balladry. It is, at times, a tear-jerker, but in no way "sad." Olsen irresistibly turns up the twang on "Big Time," which was written with her partner Beau Thibodeaux about their first date: "Good morning kisses, giving you all mine/ Pull back the curtains, show me the sunshine," she sings with all the hope and gratitude in the world—but the laid-back song, which could've fit on a Bobbie Gentry record, is as realistic as it is romantic; a reminder that life is never just good or bad, black or white. "And I'm losing, I'm losing, I've left it behind/ Guess I had to be losing to get here on time," she follows up, still as grateful as ever. "All the Good Times" is time-capsule '70s folk-country; kissed with lap steel, it kicks in with light horn blasts and a beaut of a fever-pitch bridge: "The way that you said, as heavy as lead/ 'You've always known how to get straight to my head.'" It's nothing new for Olsen's voice to trigger chills—only this time, she doesn't need to reach hurricane strength to do it. The singer shows remarkable restraint on Big Time and it's incredibly moving. On "All the Flowers," a bit of '60s folk naivete, she fits into oddly-shaped melodic nooks and crannies, gliding high and dipping low as a husky timbre creates a shadow of itself. It's a trick she re-creates later on the gorgeous piano ballad "Chasing the Sun." A slight echo effect on "Right Now" creates a welcome Mazzy Star feel, then takes a fascinating dark turn at the bridge, like both Olsen and the guitar have been momentarily possessed: "Need you to look at me and listen/ I'm the past come back to haunt you." "Go Home" is closest to her previous work, at least in terms of sonic-boom vocals; it's also dramatic, keeping you on the edge of your seat as you wonder if the next line is the one where she takes flight. "Through the Fires" is otherworldly, Olsen's poetry floating like amber while too-beautiful-for-this-world strings sweetly lull. And fair warning: hearing her sing "I'm barely hanging on … Tell me a story that'll make me forget/ It's a hard time again" on the pure country "This Is How It Works" might leave you a puddle on the floor. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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1
All The Good Times
00:04:36

Dan Higgins, Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Bergeron, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Holtman, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Wilson, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Jake Blanton, AssociatedPerformer - Angel Olsen, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Drew Erickson, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Milliken, StudioPersonnel - Emily Elhaj, AssociatedPerformer - Mirza Sherrif, StudioPersonnel

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2
Big Time
00:04:07

Gus Seyffert, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Wilson, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Jake Blanton, AssociatedPerformer - Angel Olsen, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Cullum, AssociatedPerformer - Drew Erickson, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Milliken, StudioPersonnel - Emily Elhaj, AssociatedPerformer - Mirza Sherrif, StudioPersonnel

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3
Dream Thing
00:03:53

Jonathan Wilson, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Jake Blanton, AssociatedPerformer - Angel Olsen, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Cullum, AssociatedPerformer - Drew Erickson, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Milliken, StudioPersonnel - Emily Elhaj, AssociatedPerformer - Mirza Sherrif, StudioPersonnel

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4
Ghost On
00:04:20

Jonathan Wilson, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Jake Blanton, AssociatedPerformer - Angel Olsen, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Drew Erickson, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Milliken, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Emily Elhaj, AssociatedPerformer - Mirza Sherrif, StudioPersonnel

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5
All The Flowers
00:03:37

Jonathan Wilson, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Angel Olsen, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Zach Dellinger, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Braun, AssociatedPerformer - Wynton Grant, AssociatedPerformer - Drew Erickson, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Milliken, StudioPersonnel - Mirza Sherrif, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Bullbrook, AssociatedPerformer

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6
Right Now
00:05:07

Dan Higgins, Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Bergeron, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Holtman, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Wilson, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Jake Blanton, AssociatedPerformer - Angel Olsen, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Zach Dellinger, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Braun, AssociatedPerformer - Wynton Grant, AssociatedPerformer - Drew Erickson, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Milliken, StudioPersonnel - Emily Elhaj, AssociatedPerformer - Mirza Sherrif, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Bullbrook, AssociatedPerformer

2022 Jagjaguwar 2022 Jagjaguwar

7
This Is How It Works
00:06:24

Jonathan Wilson, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Angel Olsen, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Spencer Cullum, AssociatedPerformer - Drew Erickson, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Milliken, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Emily Elhaj, AssociatedPerformer - Mirza Sherrif, StudioPersonnel

2022 Jagjaguwar 2022 Jagjaguwar

8
Go Home
00:05:25

Dan Higgins, Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Wayne Bergeron, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Holtman, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Wilson, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Angel Olsen, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Zach Dellinger, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Braun, AssociatedPerformer - Wynton Grant, AssociatedPerformer - Drew Erickson, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Milliken, StudioPersonnel - Emily Elhaj, AssociatedPerformer - Mirza Sherrif, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Bullbrook, AssociatedPerformer

2022 Jagjaguwar 2022 Jagjaguwar

9
Through The Fires
00:04:31

Jonathan Wilson, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Jake Blanton, AssociatedPerformer - Angel Olsen, Producer, MainArtist - Zach Dellinger, AssociatedPerformer - Wynton Grant, AssociatedPerformer - Drew Erickson, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Milliken, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Emily Elhaj, AssociatedPerformer - Mirza Sherrif, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Bullbrook, AssociatedPerformer

2022 Jagjaguwar 2022 Jagjaguwar

10
Chasing The Sun
00:04:43

Jonathan Wilson, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Angel Olsen, Producer, MainArtist - Zach Dellinger, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob Braun, AssociatedPerformer - Wynton Grant, AssociatedPerformer - Drew Erickson, AssociatedPerformer - Grant Milliken, StudioPersonnel - Mirza Sherrif, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Bullbrook, AssociatedPerformer

2022 Jagjaguwar 2022 Jagjaguwar

Album Description

After falling in love and coming out to her parents as queer at age 34, Angel Olsen lost her dad three days later and her mom two months after that. Weeks later, she went into the studio with producer Jonathan WIlson—a refuge where she could sort out the connected feelings of grief and new love. What emerged is a stunning record of old-school country and torch balladry. It is, at times, a tear-jerker, but in no way "sad." Olsen irresistibly turns up the twang on "Big Time," which was written with her partner Beau Thibodeaux about their first date: "Good morning kisses, giving you all mine/ Pull back the curtains, show me the sunshine," she sings with all the hope and gratitude in the world—but the laid-back song, which could've fit on a Bobbie Gentry record, is as realistic as it is romantic; a reminder that life is never just good or bad, black or white. "And I'm losing, I'm losing, I've left it behind/ Guess I had to be losing to get here on time," she follows up, still as grateful as ever. "All the Good Times" is time-capsule '70s folk-country; kissed with lap steel, it kicks in with light horn blasts and a beaut of a fever-pitch bridge: "The way that you said, as heavy as lead/ 'You've always known how to get straight to my head.'" It's nothing new for Olsen's voice to trigger chills—only this time, she doesn't need to reach hurricane strength to do it. The singer shows remarkable restraint on Big Time and it's incredibly moving. On "All the Flowers," a bit of '60s folk naivete, she fits into oddly-shaped melodic nooks and crannies, gliding high and dipping low as a husky timbre creates a shadow of itself. It's a trick she re-creates later on the gorgeous piano ballad "Chasing the Sun." A slight echo effect on "Right Now" creates a welcome Mazzy Star feel, then takes a fascinating dark turn at the bridge, like both Olsen and the guitar have been momentarily possessed: "Need you to look at me and listen/ I'm the past come back to haunt you." "Go Home" is closest to her previous work, at least in terms of sonic-boom vocals; it's also dramatic, keeping you on the edge of your seat as you wonder if the next line is the one where she takes flight. "Through the Fires" is otherworldly, Olsen's poetry floating like amber while too-beautiful-for-this-world strings sweetly lull. And fair warning: hearing her sing "I'm barely hanging on … Tell me a story that'll make me forget/ It's a hard time again" on the pure country "This Is How It Works" might leave you a puddle on the floor. © Shelly Ridenour/Qobuz

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