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Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire for No Witness

Alfred Soto, Spin, 21 February 2014

ANGEL OLSEN buries a thesis statement at the end of her third album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness. On 'Window', over a barely audible kick drum and the sparsest of chords, she sings, "We live our shadows down / It's how we get around," pushing her voice up to the limits of her register; for hymnal resonance, an organ accompanies the subsequent order, "Open a window sometimes / What's so wrong with the light?" In case no one misses the point, the full band supports the track's crawl toward an uncertain clarity.

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