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Certain musicians are magic. Their voices prick up the ears of those far afield, melt the hearts of those within earshot and magnetize the attention of those souls fortunate enough to have a clear sightline. Sharon Van Etten is a singer and songwriter who trades in that caliber of mysticism. What her heart bleeds her songs soak in and offer up to those throats in need of slaking. This is what we expect from musicians who trade in the autobiographical. We hold forth empty vessels and expect them to be filled with the reflective elements of a songwriter's soul, mirrors within which we search for some small recognizable part of the self. Sharon's bane may be to feel too deeply, but her raw nerves, open heart and generous soul offer the rest of US a means to ease our own points of suffering. 11 tracks.
Sad, frail, quavering music from a place so close to heartache that it threatened to tear me open as I listened. Amazing.Published 11 months ago by Kevin C. Keelty
Simply beautiful. Just Van Etten and her guitar throughout the album. Definitely the most somber of her four records. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bevans
Van Etten is a singer-songwriter who writes lyrics like no other, and her musicality is up to the task of representing them. Read morePublished 11 months ago by greg s.
I haven't heard such a deep emotionally charged folk rock album which was this good in ages. Sharon is fantastic!Published 17 months ago by Osman Malik
Sharon Van Etten's first record is musically simple yet repays repeated listening. There's a lot going on actually. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Andrew Collis
Sharon's music is amazing. She's soulful and simple. This is great music to listen to by yourself if you're feeling a little lonely.Published on November 14, 2011 by Sarah Nichols