7 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sharon Van Etten is one of the most inspiring new singer-songwriters to make her presence known in the 2000s. Her 2010 release Epic is titled as a sly nod to the fact that her music is not dependent on grandiose visions to get its sweet points across. “A Crime” is a gorgeous piece of longing. It brings us Van Etten’s voice at its purest and loneliest. A great thing, since her voice is an immediately gratifying instrument. “Peace Signs” throws together a band. The clang gives Van Etten a stronger push and the drums stalk her to the finish line. “Save Yourself” has that nasty country seduction, so sly and sleepy like Cat Power or Hope Sandoval at her best. “DsharpG” adds a zoning drone from a harmonium to her hypnotic crooning. “Don’t Do It” injects harmonies that threaten to break through the clouds. “One Day” throws in some slashing guitar chords and could, with a larger production, be something nearing a mainstream hit. But Van Etten prefers the shadows and her brilliance is creating excitement within her dark chambers.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sharon Van Etten is one of the most inspiring new singer-songwriters to make her presence known in the 2000s. Her 2010 release Epic is titled as a sly nod to the fact that her music is not dependent on grandiose visions to get its sweet points across. “A Crime” is a gorgeous piece of longing. It brings us Van Etten’s voice at its purest and loneliest. A great thing, since her voice is an immediately gratifying instrument. “Peace Signs” throws together a band. The clang gives Van Etten a stronger push and the drums stalk her to the finish line. “Save Yourself” has that nasty country seduction, so sly and sleepy like Cat Power or Hope Sandoval at her best. “DsharpG” adds a zoning drone from a harmonium to her hypnotic crooning. “Don’t Do It” injects harmonies that threaten to break through the clouds. “One Day” throws in some slashing guitar chords and could, with a larger production, be something nearing a mainstream hit. But Van Etten prefers the shadows and her brilliance is creating excitement within her dark chambers.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

littlebird88 ,

Simply Wonderful

This is a wonderful record. Sharon Van Etten has always been a great songwriter; now she has a full band! I recently saw the band in action and was utterly captivated! My favorite song on the new record is "Don't Do It" - haunting and beautiful.

smiles24love ,

Epic

Sharon Van Etten inspires me to write my own music. There is something so completely "open" about her sound. I'm constantly amazed at how she uses her voice in different ways to capture an emotion or use it as an effect. Nobody moves between the melodies and melismas the way that she does. So fluid and honest sounding to the ear. It's so haunting, captivating and utterly beautiful. I have to say. I heard "Love More" before the release of the album and it was the first song in years to have such a profound pull on me. I became an instant fan afterwards. Keep writing Sharon. I love your work and I find you to be completely refreshing.

slackjawedyokel ,

support music like this

heard "peace signs" on kcrw . . . and that pretty much sold me . . . . and im a semi-jaded aging punker . . . .

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