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Tramp

Sharon Van EttenAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 break-through Tramp, Sharon Van Etten is an artist with a hunger to turn another corner and to delve deeper, writing from a place of honesty and vulnerability to create a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is continuously challenging herself. Now, the result is Are We There, ... Read more in Amazon's Sharon Van Etten Store

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  • Audio CD (February 7, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jagjaguwar
  • ASIN: B0067FGYGQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,768 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Warsaw
2. Give Out
3. Serpents
4. Kevin's
5. Leonard
6. In Line
7. All I Can
8. We Are Fine
9. Magic Chords
10. Ask
11. I'm Wrong
12. Joke or a Lie

Editorial Reviews

The shimmering sound of Tramp both defies and illuminates the unsteadiness of a life in flux. During the 14 months of scattered recording sessions, Sharon Van Etten was without a home - crashing with friends and spreading out her possessions between various locations. The only constant during this time was when Van Etten returned to the garage studio of The National's Aaron Dessner. The resulting album is an assured and strident one, and Tramp showcases an artist in control of her powers, incorporating vivid arrangements and instrumentation into the songwriting.

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I want my scars to help and heal" February 7, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This album is the excellent result of taking a wonderful songwriter and giving her the chance to work with a group of musicians who allow her to extend the power of music. All the ingredients that made "Because I Was In Love" and "Epic" so good (SVE's hyper-personal songwriting and her unique voice as a singer) are here too, but so much more as well.

The opportunity to work with a wide range of musicians gives her songs even more depth and power. Sometimes, like on "Serpents," she totally rocks out in a way that's astonishing compared to BIWIL. But there are still wonderfully quiet moments here, like "Joke or a Lie," which ends the album on a beautiful note.

And her songwriting is even better -- look at "All I Can," a song that slowly builds from nothing to a massive sound. But even with all that sound, her words still stand out: "Wanting to love as new as I can, Wanting to show I want my scars to help and heal." Or on "Leonard," where it takes the whole song to construct the final line, as if figuring it out herself as she's singing it: "I am bad at loving you."

If you're already a fan of SVE, don't hesitate to get this -- all the emotional intimacy of her earlier albums is here too, but with a richer and bolder sound. If you're new to SVE, this is the perfect opportunity to check out a singer-songwriter who is definitely worth discovering.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:MP3 Music
I first learned of Sharon Van Etten when Rolling Stone had her listed as their "Artist to Watch" in a recent issue. Amazon also has her included in their "Artists on the Rise" list. While I have to admit that Tramp is a bit of an odd title for an album, Van Etten earns every bit of the accolades that she has gotten. While her voice is not soft and mellow, it is captivating. While Amazon has had "Serpents" available for free, I think this track is pretty middle of the road with respect to all the songs on Tramp. The thing that is striking on many songs including "All I Can", "Give Out", and "In Line" is the rich vocal harmonies. Though their voices are a bit different Van Etten's is a bit duskier), I can't help but think of Sheryl Crow's album Globe Sessions. These songs are bluesy alt-rock at its best. Tramp also has good lyrics. Take the line "Like cigarette ash the world is collapsing around me." from "Ask" as an example. Van Etten does have room to grow. The tracks "We Are Fine" and "Joke Or A Lie" didn't do a lot for me. However, Tramp seems to have all the makings of a breakthrough album, and there is good reason that Amazon has her in their "Artists on the Rise". If you loved discovering early Sheryl Crow, give this a try.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholic but beautiful February 20, 2012
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is really great. Not just "another singer-songwriter," SVE has mastered the minor-key, melancholic song that is straigtforward and free of melodrama. The arrangements are usually pretty spare and restrained -- a guitar, drum, maybe an organ/electic piano. The focus is very much on the songs (which are generally very strong) and not on the production. SVE has a strong, rich voice -- she makes me think of someone like Beth Orton. The highlights are probably "All We Can," and "Ask" which start slow and builds gradually to a crescendo that reminds me very much of Roy Orbison. A very strong album overall.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 yr old Man here March 13, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Sharon - I'm a 31 year old man - probably not you typical demographic, but damn I love your music and your voice. I listen to a wide variety of mostly rock music, but something always drives me back to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Are We There Yet? February 18, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
"I loosen my grip from my palm
Put it on your knee"...
There was your breath on the back of my neck...
The only one I had felt in years"
-Composite of lines from 'Give Out'

In the story, I always cheer for Sharon Van Etten. Ms. Van Etten has been telling me a story for years now, and it's emotionally gripping! Her three LP's thus far ARE theater. So, in a cheap ploy to garner patience from all the Ms. Van Etton fans reading this, I just want to establish that she is the character in the story that I have come to care for deeply. Boy, how I need her to find closure, peace of mind, rebirth!

White-privileged-middle class (or better)- "every wo/man" autobiographical songwriters, the ones that are inclined toward healing and self realization (like Ms. Van Etten), can usually win over a crowd of empathetic listeners especially if those listeners mirror those socio-economic signifiers (I do). Autobiographical songwriters, the ones that masturbate over the pornography of their malice laden inner fictions and emotionally travel in a maddeningly tight circle orbiting their self pity (NOT like Ms. Van Etten!), can also hold sway over a crowd, more likely a drunken mob, but it's a self-limiting affair given that their audience eventually "grows up" or the performer finds themselves in rehab or dies. I am putting too fine a point on all this: Elements of both do commingle. Be that as it may, Ms. Van Etten, with a new and evolving home and love, seems to be "pulling ahead" in her journey. Yes, the story IS moving forward. Still, everything isn't fully resolved. A salvo or two remain to be fired and, dare I say, she's is not entirely convinced that the wheels are back on her wagon to stay.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Yeah!
Published 2 days ago by Antonio Pla Bou
5.0 out of 5 stars SVE is stunning
A singer-songwriter that writes stunning poetic lyrics, that fit her voice perfectly. Her music and arrangements are also stunning. Read more
Published 29 days ago by greg s.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff!
OK, I'm not a fan of multi-track harmonies, which are abused here, but it's impossible not to be taken in by Van Eatten's voice anyway.
Published 2 months ago by Boyd Gatlin
3.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT THROW OUT YOUR CAT POWER CDS JUST YET
I included Ms. Van Etten's song Serpents on one of my Best Of The Year compilations
and finally found a good deal on the whole album. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Northuis
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
I love this record. I listen to it over and over and over in my car and while I'm working.
Published 15 months ago by Christine Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Aged Rocker
This is the first "next big thing" I've seen in a long time.
From Gene Autry to Velvet Underground. The tradition of American rock well done.
Published 17 months ago by Burton J. Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Folk, But Not Too Much
On this her third album, Sharon Van Etten proves to be more than your usual female folkie. With subtle embellishments from working with producer Aaron Dessner of the National, Van... Read more
Published 17 months ago by jbcmusic
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Solid
From the reviews and associations I'd expected something with a little more depth and texture. While she belongs in the same conversation as Cat Power and Sarah Vaughn, she doesn't... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great ones of 2012
Van Etten's voice soars, the music is complex, great production, what more can you ask for? Get this album now!
Published 20 months ago by Paul Apelgren
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is one of my favorite records of 2012 if not my favorite. Sharon sings heartbreaking and heartfelt songs that are intensely gripping and beautiful. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Danny
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