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"Like Cigarette Ash The World Is Collapsing Around Me"
on March 23, 2012
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.
Download this: "In Line"