- 19 Dec 17
Indie darling Angel Olsen is back with a collection of B-sides, rarities and demos, some previously unreleased from her time recording 2016’s My Woman and 2010’s Strange Cacti.
Cynics among us could be forgiven for being skeptical of a compilation album offering this side of Christmas, but Phases serves as a potent reminder to new and old fans alike of Olsen's genre defying songwriting prowess.
On the second half of Phases it’s as if Olsen flicks a switch from forlorn to defiant. The tempo of ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘California’ are noticeably faster and the message cheerful. A particular highlight is her pared back take on the Bruce Springsteen classic ‘Tougher Than the Rest’ about a loner who is ready to commit to a relationship, no matter how tough or messy it can be.