Angel Olsen, Wilco and Charli XCX with the new and noteworthy 

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Angel Olsen,
All Mirrors (Jagjaguwar) – Since Olsen clearly is trending toward grandiosity, it would have been easy for her new experiments with orchestral arrangements to go awry. Instead, these 11 songs display startling self-disclosure, using her Wanda Jackson singing style in the service of pure heartbreak. There is talk of a 2020 acoustic release of the original Anacortes, Washington, demos of these songs, a treat to anticipate.

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, Ode to Joy (dBpm Records) – In the 20 years since the bitter surrealism of Summerteeth, Wilco seems to have followed a slow, deliberate path to Buddhist detachment. The new album, one of Wilco’s simplest and quietest, represents a spiritual reconciliation with a world gone mad. Admittedly, Jeff Tweedy’s most sincere songs, like “Before Us,” can use whispers and background choirs to occasionally sound sleepy, but this is a church service of sorts.

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Charli XCX, Charli (Atlantic) – London pop queen Charli XCX has kept busy enough with mixtapes and collaborations, that five years have elapsed since 2014’s Sucker. Her new album has a distinct video game playfulness, as evidenced by the opening track “Next Level Charli.” The album is packed with voice modifications and guest appearances from the likes of Sky Ferreira and Christine & The Queens, but the best moments are the most unadorned, like the quiet collaboration with Haim, “Warm.”


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