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A Crime
Peace Signs
Save Yourself
Don't Do It
One Day
Love More
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Total Tracks: 7   Total Length: 32:12

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Maris Kreizman

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Making anguish sound intoxicating, with her heart more open than closed
2010 | Label: Ba Da Bing Records / Revolver

"Never let myself love like that again," Sharon Van Etten vows over and over on the opening track of her sophomore album. The line feels like both a warning and a promise, but there's too much pathos in her voice to fool anyone — it seems she's still got a habit she should've kicked ages ago. If putting the past behind you is easier said than done, then at least the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter has become… read more »

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A very nice gap filler in a long cat powerless period

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Check out track 5


'Don't Do It' is just fantastic, sublime and haunting. The rest is quite folky, nice enough. And sometimes I would just like to read a review that tells me what the music is like, rather than being too clever by half...

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Great Sophmore efffort


I've been lucky enough to listen to Sharon Van Etten's music from the time when all she had were a few home recordings floating around. Her work with the Antlers captivated my ears and when she came out with an album not aailable on here I decided to see her live. I wasn't dissapointed. The music is solid the voice is serene and the act is defined. You wont be dissapointed.

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For starters


Check out track 06, a lovely voice, an evocative melody, totally enticing. Go from there.

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Boasting a mere seven songs, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten’s sophomore effort hardly lives up to the lofty promise of its name, but where Epic fails to deliver in size, it more than makes up for in sound. Van Etten possesses one of those rare voices that can make even the weakest material soar, so the decision to open the album with the perfectly serviceable, yet ultimately forgettable, solo heartbreak rant “A Crime” makes sense, as what follows is simply electrifying. Backed by a full traditional rock band and bolstered by weepy lap steels and harmoniums, Van Etten’s full serpentine croon, which falls somewhere between Kristin Hersh, Neko Case, and Brandi Carlile, addresses the usual subjects of failure and longing, but there’s a strange, dark confidence behind all of the self-examination that makes even the most clichéd confessional singer/songwriter utterance feel dangerous. Of the seven tracks, “Peace Signs” with its sinewy verses and pulsing kick drum that threatens to cut loose into a full-on highway jam at any minute (but doesn’t), the languid, reverb-heavy country-rock sleeper “Save Yourself,” and the Jeff Buckley-esque closer, “Love More,” provide the most immediate rewards, but the remaining four cuts (even “A Crime”) are just as hypnotizing once the buzz kicks in. – James Christopher Monger

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