2 September 2016
My Woman (stylized as MY WOMAN) is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Angel Olsen, released on September 2, 2016 by Jagjaguwar Records. Produced by Olsen and Justin Raisen, the album was accompanied by music videos for the tracks, "Intern", "Shut Up Kiss Me", and "Sister" all co-directed or directed by Olsen.
My Woman was recorded at Vox Studios in Los Angeles with producer Justin Raisen. The album was structured as sides of a vinyl record: "On one side, it’s as if you were having an upbeat day and wanted to try something a little hectic. But then, if you feel like things were slowing down and you wanted to be more reflective, then you listen to Side B." With regard to the album's themes, Olsen said that My Woman addresses "the complicated mess of being a woman.
My Woman received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 87 based on 30 professional reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".
Pitchfork's Jenn Pelly gave the album a Best New Music designation, writing "Angel Olsen's latest is her best record yet, a bracing mix of sounds and styles congealing around songs of pain, sadness, and hope." Matt Williams of The A.V. Club gave the album a grade of A-, writing "When Olsen broke through with Burn Your Fire For No Witness she was quickly pigeonholed as the Sad Girl . With My Woman, Olsen obliterates that narrow perception, raising the bar on her own multifaceted output and building new aspects of her artistic identity in the process." PopMatters' Colin Fitzgerald called My Woman "a new watermark for Olsen," that "elaborates on the disparate missions of both Half Way Home and Burn Your Fire For No Witness while reaching out into the unfamiliar spaces of dreamy synthpop and more hook-driven, pop-oriented songwriting." Fitzgerald continued, "most remarkable thing about My Woman is that it all coheres (far better than Burn Your Fire For No Witness, as great as it was, ever did) into an expansive, all-encompassing vision." Record Collector gave the album a mixed review, writing "My Woman is an odd, somewhat mismatched collection of good and then great songs that could have been more ghostly. When played simplest, or with the least traditional band structure buffeting them, they’re at their best – but it’s sadly not a constant."
In November 2016, UK record chain HMV named My Woman as their album of the year, calling it "an intuitively smart, warmly communicative and fearlessly generous record"
The first single from the album, "Intern," was released on June 1, 2016. A music video directed by Olsen was released the same day. On June 6, 2016, My Woman was announced. The second single from the album, "Shut Up Kiss Me," along with an accompanying Olsen-directed music video, was released on June 29. It charted on the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs chart for six weeks, peaking at position 22. The third single from the album, "Sister," along with an accompanying Olsen directed music video, was released on August 24.
Angel Olsen - vocals, inside photo, producer
Chris Allgood - assistant
Stewart Bronaugh - main personnel
Collin Dupuis - mixing
Emily Elhaj - main personnel
Michael Harris - engineer
Joshua Jaeger - main personnel
Miles Johnson - design
Seth Kauffman - main personnel
Emily Lazar - mastering
Amanda Marsalis - cover photo, inside photo
Lisa Nance - cover painting
Justin Raisen - engineer, main personnel, producer
Lawrence Rothman - additional productio
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