“Phases” isn’t a real record. It’s a b-sides/covers/rarities compilation. It’s supposed to be a bunch of throwaway tracks that didn’t make it onto a real record, right? Well, Angel Olsen has somehow managed to create one of the best albums of 2017 with a bunch of “throwaways.” Featuring some tracks that were released as singles four years ago (“Sweet Dreams” and “California”) and covers of Bruce Springsteens “Tougher than the Rest” and Roky Erickson’s “For You”, Olsen takes us through a surprisingly cohesive variety of styles ranging from singer-songwriter songs about love and longing, to harder, grittier rock songs about loss. It’s sweet and tender at times and tough and gritty at others. Highly Recommended.
RIYL: Julien Baker, Sharon Van Etten, Big Thief
Favorite Tracks: “Fly On Your Wall”, “Special”, “Sweet Dreams”, “California”, “For You”