11 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even though many of the songs on Are We There muse on the pain of difficult relationships (plainly evident in the titles of tunes like “Your Love Is Killing Me” and “I Love You But I’m Lost”), Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten sounds strikingly confident on the follow-up to her stellar 2012 album, Tramp. Whether she’s leading a dusky, after-hours synth-rock dirge (“Break Me”) or mournful piano ballad (the sublime “I Know”), Van Etten is brilliantly self-possessed. Alternating between a chilling whisper and throaty wail, the songwriter's forceful yearning—for sleep, for patience, for a romantic silver lining—unifies much of Are We There. But in such capable hands, suffering has rarely sounded so good.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even though many of the songs on Are We There muse on the pain of difficult relationships (plainly evident in the titles of tunes like “Your Love Is Killing Me” and “I Love You But I’m Lost”), Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten sounds strikingly confident on the follow-up to her stellar 2012 album, Tramp. Whether she’s leading a dusky, after-hours synth-rock dirge (“Break Me”) or mournful piano ballad (the sublime “I Know”), Van Etten is brilliantly self-possessed. Alternating between a chilling whisper and throaty wail, the songwriter's forceful yearning—for sleep, for patience, for a romantic silver lining—unifies much of Are We There. But in such capable hands, suffering has rarely sounded so good.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
89 Ratings
89 Ratings
THX.1138 ,

Weak lyrics but strong sound

There is much left to be wanted from the lyrics. This is not poetry but some middle school child’s version of making things rhyme.

That being said, the sound is solid. Though I wonder if it is just a regurgitation of some other sounds.

This albums feel easy to listen to but it does not feel new.

Netvrtise ,

Lifting

I woke up and heard this and it was soothing to the soul.

mikef180 ,

Best Work Yet

A few years ago I stumbled across SVE’s song “Serpents” on some randomly generated streaming playlist and was immediately smitten. Fantastic song! I’ve been a casual fan to date but “Are We There” really won me over. Sharon is, in my opinion, one of the best songwriters and performers in America. I could stream this entire album on Spotify for the cost of my monthly membership however, I’m buying the download because it’s what we all need to do to support artists with such a unique voice. Keep making music Sharon Van Etten.

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