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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.

Customer Reviews

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!

Biography

Born: February 26, 1981 in New Jersey

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 and lonely expanses of Middle America. A dedicated choir student during her childhood, she began writing songs on her guitar as a high school student and, upon moving to New York, started playing them in concert. Van Etten signed with the Chicago-based indie label Drag City and issued her intimate, official debut, Because I Was in Love, in spring 2009, followed by the lush, more band-oriented...
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