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Tramp

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Warsaw
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Give Out
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Serpents
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Kevin's
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Leonard
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In Line
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All I Can
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We Are Fine
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Magic Chords
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Ask
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I'm Wrong
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Joke or a Lie
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 46:23

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Lindsay Zoladz

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Lindsay Zoladz is a contributing writer at Pitchfork and the Washington City Paper, and her writing has also appeared in Salon, Jezebel, AARP.org, Cokemachinegl...more »

02.07.12
Sharon Van Etten, Tramp
2012 | Label: Jagjaguwar / SC Distribution

Tramp, the emotionally candid third album from Brooklyn-based songwriter Sharon Van Etten, is a slow burn: most of the songs capture the intensity of the moments before a quietly smoldering tree becomes a raging wildfire. Take the lead-off single, “Serpents,” which begins with calmly strummed yet unmistakably ominous chords. Then it explodes into something blazing and defiant: “You enjoy sucking on dreams,” Van Etten seethes, “So I will fall asleep with someone other than you.”

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rearwindow

Sharon Van Etten is easily my greatest music discovery of 2012, if not longer. What elevates this above your typical late night acoustic music is her incredibly soulful, spare voice. Her lyrics help too. She reminds me a little of Elliott Smith in her elegant, emotional simplicity. I am addicted to this album.

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roxy

This album is my pick for the best of 2012. It is soul stirring, honest, raw and well played. It is one sound. I find it hard to pick it apart to find out what works but she is so true to herself and the lyric can stick with you for days. If you like your music a tad dark and mysterious... go for it.

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mike_chouinard

This is right up there with the new Kathleen Edwards album as my favourite of the year so far. The last two songs are especially heart-wrenching.

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buzzmedia

I can't stop listening to this album. All the songs are amazing, but 'Give Out', is the most addictive song I have heard in a very long time.

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outlier

I don't understand people! There isn't a bad track on this album. It's beautiful stuff. Give Out and Serpents remind me of one of my favourite bands - Midlake. I also love the track featuring Zach Condon. A great album, Sharon. Looking forward to your next one and I'll be there to see you if you come to Sydney.

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ianr

Stunning. Go see her singing these songs live if you get the chance. She played Cargo here in London the other night and it was one of the best gigs I've seen. The band breathed even more life into these songs. Like Epic before it I can't pick a track on Tramp I don't like. There are a few tracks that show her folky roots from her demos and first album, but mostly it's about openning up her sound even more from the introverted Because I was in Love. She's always been a terrific songwriter, now she isn't holding back, being more outgoing and direct with her music. Download it. Now.

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BeInformed

This is a real Yawn fest. One big run on sentance. She mimics many different singers which is okay, but this style has been done to death. This album is funeral not sure if you want to play before, durrrring or after. People who are depressed should run, and run fast, from this album.

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amylia

I am sorry, but when I listen to some of these songs, i hear mariee sioux. copycat

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'Serpents' has bite!

doriangreytoday

There are a few songs here you'll want to hear more than once. 'Give Out' is the kind of guy-bashing tale that I enjoy because it illustrates the shallowness of too many male/female relationships (but the 'put it on your knee' lyric is a bit clumsy). 'Leonard' has some great Jeff Buckley-esque vocal swoops. The whole band reminds me of Hope Sandoval with Mazzy Star (who should have been huge). But where Hope always hit the 'right' notes, Van Etten is often somewhat flat. I can envision this as a late-nite soundtrack as co-eds slag their hommes des jour. But there's no denying, 'Serpents' is a monster!

eMusic Features

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Sharon Van Etten Reclaims Herself

By Devon Maloney, Contributor

Sharon Van Etten is stuck in bed. "I went ice-skating yesterday for the first time in 20 years," the 33-year-old says with a little groan, supine in her petite West Village apartment. "We went to the rink at the Chelsea Pier, and I totally fell on my ass." Van Etten's got a list, you see. It's a bucket list, kind of — though maybe it's more like a between-tours, live-your-life sort of list. Earlier in the week,… more »

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Sharon Van Etten Reclaims Herself

By Devon Maloney, Contributor

Sharon Van Etten is stuck in bed. "I went ice-skating yesterday for the first time in 20 years," the 33-year-old says with a little groan, supine in her petite West Village apartment. "We went to the rink at the Chelsea Pier, and I totally fell on my ass." Van Etten's got a list, you see. It's a bucket list, kind of — though maybe it's more like a between-tours, live-your-life sort of list. Earlier in the week,… more »

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2012 Breakthrough: Sharon Van Etten

By Christina Lee, Contributor

[Rock history is full of albums that document breakups, but few of them are as ruthlessly recounted as the one that inspired Sharon Van Etten's devastating third album, Tramp. Beating her fretboard into a spear, Van Etten attacks the loutish ex-boyfriend who ridiculed her and undermined her self-confidence, fully exploring the rage and hurt and uncertainty that accompanies an abusive relationship. eMusic's Christina Lee talked with Van Etten in February about the album's origins.] "Basically my… more »

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Editors’ Picks: Quarterly Report

By Wondering Sound Staff, Contributor

Now that we're more than a quarter of the way into 2012, eMusic's editorial department thought we would take a second to survey our favorite albums so far, a dizzying set of records that reflects our team's very different tastes. Seriously though — where else but eMusic would you see the dependable singer-songwriter fare of Anais Mitchell and Sharon Van Etten celebrated on the same page as throwback metal tracks (Christian Mistress) and future-forward electronic… more »

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New This Week: Sharon Van Etten, Twilight Sad & More

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

OK! Are you guys ready to get bummed out? Because it's the week before Valentine's Day and, man, do we have some sad records for you. I mean, sad even for indie rock, which has sad basically branded into its DNA. So if you're ready to be heartbroken, let's get going. Sharon Van Etten, Tramp: Basically, the only record you need today. A great leap forward from her previous, folky outings, Tramp finds Van Etten falling… more »