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2010 sophomore album from the singer/songwriter. Sharon Van Etten came to Brooklyn via Jersey via Tennessee via Jersey. Along the way, she sang in choirs, rejected her school's music program, worked at an all-ages venue, trained as a sommelier and got a full time job at a record label. She also had a few bad experiences in relationships. More than a few. Epic lays a romantic melancholy lining over the gravel and dirt of heartbreak, without one honest thought or feeling spared. She sings of betrayal, obsession, egotism and all the other emotions we hate in others and recognize in ourselves. Van Etten's grounded and clenched vocals convey the sense of hope-the notion that beauty can come out of the worst of circumstances. Epic is indeed that beauty.
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.
whats on here is good, but theres only seven songs, two of which seem kind of like fillers. its good, but i wasn't happy about paying album price for EP length.Published 15 months ago by Matthew Burke
Such a haunting, personal and beautiful record. It's seven songs of perfection. SVE's voice will be in your head for days.Published 20 months ago by J. Ramirez
maybe i'm a little biased because i love all of sharon's records and have had the pleasure of seeing her live and meeting her on multiple occasions, but this is a seriously... Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by heavysounds