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Sharon Van Etten is one of the most inspiring new singer-songwriters to make her presence known in the 2000s. Her 2010 release Epic is titled as a sly nod to the fact that her music is not dependent on grandiose visions to get its sweet points across. “A Crime” is a gorgeous piece of longing. It brings us Van Etten’s voice at its purest and loneliest. A great thing, since her voice is an immediately gratifying instrument. “Peace Signs” throws together a band. The clang gives Van Etten a stronger push and the drums stalk her to the finish line. “Save Yourself” has that nasty country seduction, so sly and sleepy like Cat Power or Hope Sandoval at her best. “DsharpG” adds a zoning drone from a harmonium to her hypnotic crooning. “Don’t Do It” injects harmonies that threaten to break through the clouds. “One Day” throws in some slashing guitar chords and could, with a larger production, be something nearing a mainstream hit. But Van Etten prefers the shadows and her brilliance is creating excitement within her dark chambers.

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Simply Wonderful

This is a wonderful record. Sharon Van Etten has always been a great songwriter; now she has a full band! I recently saw the band in action and was utterly captivated! My favorite song on the new record is "Don't Do It" - haunting and beautiful.

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heard "peace signs" on kcrw . . . and that pretty much sold me . . . . and im a semi-jaded aging punker . . . .

Ya Gotta Buy This Album

This is a tremendous album. "One Day" is one of the best songs I've heard in years and "Save Yourself" isn't far behind. Great things lie ahead for Sharon Va Etten!


Born: February 26, 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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