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Editors’ Notes

Tramp is a study in controlled power. Soft yet muscular, vulnerable yet tough, the music moves at a languid pace while also conveying urgency and unresolved tension. Sharon Van Etten’s striking voice is the album's central feature. Her vocals are commanding throughout, resonating when surrounded by ample space (“Give Out”, “In Line”), in the midst of precise arrangements using strings, keyboards, and artful drumming (“Leonard”, “We Are Fine”), or backed by a squall of electric guitar (“Serpents”). Van Etten closely doubles her vocals on many tracks; by hitting two closely related notes at once, this gives her voice a haunting, ethereal quality. Produced by Aaron Desner of The National, the album also benefits from contributions by drummer Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) and vocals by Zach Condon (Beirut) and Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak). Tramp is a triumph of understated beauty and grace.

Customer Reviews


Surely set to sell skip-loads of units.. to quote John Peel when he first heard the Sundays (admittedly he didn't mean that was a good thing). Love the opener - all growling and Pixies like; straight through to the meaty rock of Serpents which is a great single. Then we get to drift back into lazy pillows of van etten loveliness. You've got to love her voice. An interesting and nuanced affair & whilst I'll always love the country-folk SVE I really like her rocking it - you go girl (as the kids would say). I think you need to do a British leg of your tour SVE, or a one off gig in Brighton.

Deserves wider audience

Damn I bought 6 copies of her first album (presents for friends)and I suppose I'm singularly fascinated by SVE's voice and sense of song. This is has a harder edge to it (now that she's signed to jagjaguawar label). All pretty much a grower in that you'll be listening to this for a while. My faves - 'Leonard' / 'All I can' / 'Magic Chords' and 'I'm wrong'. I imagine best seen live in intimate surrounding. Also I recommend the accoustic versions of her songs - just guitar and voice that you can find.


If u like bahaus this is like an acoustic down tone of siouxsie and the banshees mixed in with a bit of the pierces if u like these bands buy this album .if u like this album and haven't heard of the bands listen to them also brilliant album it's that good iv never given a review on an album end of


Born: 26 February 1981 in Clinton, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although she was born and raised in suburban New Jersey, Sharon Van Etten's folk music evokes the open landscapes of a more expansive America. A dedicated choir student during her childhood, she studied clarinet, violin, and piano before moving on to guitar. She began writing songs as high school student and sang in a choir group, the Madrigals. She credits her choral experiences as indispensable in learning to musically notate, as well as to sing harmonies. Upon graduation, Van Etten moved to Murfreesboro,...
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