Sharon Van Etten

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Sharon Van Etten’s Successful Drift From Pure Indie Folk Towards Heavier Music

The American Indie-folk musician Sharon Van Etten has recently released her fifth studio album Remind Me Tomorrow on 18th January 2019, five years after her last album was released in 2014. This album is very different from her previous ones in terms of sound as some pop, jazz and rock elements have been added to her traditional indie-folk music style. Rather, some tracks make it sound more like a pop/rock music based album rather than a folk album. This album has been termed as one of her most evolutionary works by some critics. It has been overall intriguing with a sense of maturity being observed in music, vocals and lyrics. Heavy use of drums, electric guitars, synths and other ambient electronic instrumentation has been noticed, that takes the album to a next level as she has worked much on rock-oriented music. The music here is a blend of the traditional indie-folk and new-age rock elements. Some of the tracks are more emotionally appealing, like “Seventeen”, “Jupiter 4” and “Comeback Kid”. The album cover might look messy but is captivating if viewed closely, as it shows a childhood photograph of Van Etten amidst a mess of a child’s bedroom with toys scattered all around. The album is blended with overwhelming emotional feelings that include joys, struggles and anxious moments of life. There have been some Bruce Springsteen and Nick Cave influences observed other than 80s music. The album overall received more or less decent reviews from the music critics. The album was rated 4 out of 5 stars by The Guardian, 3.5 by Chicago Tribune and 8.4 out of 10 on Pitchfork. It received an aggregate score of 86 on Metacritic which is a pretty decent number, with all positive reviews from the professional music critics.

Written by @Soulbyweekly from SoulByweekly
May 13, 2019

Indie Folk Haunted By Sharon Van Etten’s Lyrics And Harmonies, ‘Tramp’ Is A Mesmerizing Example Of The Genre

I discovered Sharon Van Etten on the radio only a couple of months ago, blown away by what I considered to be a haunting new rock voice with the presence of Stevie Nicks during the Fleetwood Mac days, though Etten’s is her own distinctive style indeed – her own contralto which leans towards folk. When discovering somebody so new and exciting for me, I like to glance at their entire album catalogue and split the difference as to what I will listen to first. In this way, I find that I can establish a baseline of style, because the debut stuff is going to be one end of the spectrum, and the recent stuff the other. Listening to studio album number three, Tramp, I was somewhat surprised that it didn’t feature much electronic elements at all, like the newer songs I had heard already, such as “Seventeen” and “No One’s Easy to Love.” Tramp is indie folk, with some alternative rock edge that gets raw and weird in some great places. Some of that great energy is courtesy of producer Aaron Dresner’s deft hand at the controls (he is from a really exceptional band called The National.) I suppose during the 2010s when Tramp came out (2012), I for that time period was anti indie folk because I could not properly differentiate between so many artists doing what I felt sounded like the same depressing acoustic coffeehouse music, and probably would have not listened deep enough to an album such as this one. My tastes have changed to include all types of music and musicians from the genre (just also discovered Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes) and it has been quite a revelation to hear that they do all have an individual enough sound. Stacked against such talents, Sharon Van Etten is up there with the best of them.

Written by @taylor
Apr 12, 2019

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Born

    1981-02-26

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    2007 – present

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Sharon Katharine Van Etten (born February 26, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and actress from New Jersey.
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