One of the first things that strikes me about this album from Angel Olsen is how much the acoustic parts remind me of Nirvana’s Unplugged album. Even when it kicks in, it can still channel Nirvana on some level. Any time anyone is able to bring out a Nirvana influence in a positive and unintentional way, I am impressed.
But this also has some elements of a band such as Shannon and the Clams to it. In a lot of ways however, this brings out the one and only Johnny Cash and for that I’m even more impressed. I mean, how many albums out there can you say resemble Nirvana and Johnny Cash, yet aren’t completely trying to rip either artist off?
I’d say this is one of the best albums I’ve heard in 2014, but it’s really the best album I’ve heard since Polly Scattergood’s “Arrows” last year and this is the album to beat right now for Album of the Year 2014. It is also worth noting that this is available on my preferred method of listening—cassette—via Bathetic Records.