One of Angel Olsen’s most memorable lyrics is “Guess we’re just at the mercy of the way that we feel”. To an extent, Olsen’s fourth album All Mirrors centres around that simple fact.
All Mirrors features extensive use of a 12-piece string section to add a dramatic film soundtrack quality. Olsen takes inspiration from the music of the 50s and 60s, but her use of synths and 21st century subject matter is thoroughly modern.
In a world of dating apps, ghosting and rising loneliness, many of us long for human connection. As in albums past, that longing echoes through All Mirrors – a lingering ache for a lost lover. In “Spring” she laments, “show me a love that won’t ever leave, or look for another one to deceive”.
Olsen finally acknowledges the disappointment of heartbreak in the closing track of the record, “Chance”, where she sings, “it’s hard to say forever love, forever’s just so far”.
All Mirrors is a cathartic journey through love, heartbreak and then to acceptance, all in just under 50 minutes. Sometimes angry, sometimes soft and earnest, All Mirrors is an album full of soaring orchestral accompaniment, brilliant lyricism and most importantly, big emotions.
Women between revolution and counter-revolution
Animated film retells Anne Frank’s story
A pick of the highlights