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Because I Was In Love [VINYL]

Sharon Van Etten Vinyl
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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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Product details

  • Vinyl (1 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Language of Stone
  • ASIN: B0024RIM9I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small Songs From A Cold Dark Place 29 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
Sharon Van Etten comes from Brooklyn. She writes and sings songs.
She doesn't have the greatest voice on the planet and her guitar
playing is rudimentary (sometimes, truth-be-told, she hasn't even
taken the time to tune it properly!) but despite these self-evident
shortcomings there is something strangely captivating about her
album 'Because I Was In Love'. If you're after a jolly time you
will not find it here but with a little patience and an open mind
you may find much to enjoy in these stripped-down, melancholy
yet strangely compelling compositions.

Ms Van Etten has a folksy muse which is sensitively captured in
the studio with the help of Esper's Gregg Weeks behind the console.

There are eleven songs in the collection and they pretty much
adhere to the same formula throughout : strummed acoustic guitar
accompaniment, mournful central vocal line and simple two (or
occasionally three) part harmonies. Additional padding from electric
guitar, keyboards and rudimentary percussion crop up unobtrusively
from time to time but are never allowed to take centre stage.
This is a one woman show.

Her MySpace page lists a veritable hoard of influences. Her own
voice, however, possesses a curiously disctinctive quality all
its own. It has a hollow sound and her tendency to slide from
one note to the next (particularly evident on 'Tornado') can be
disconcertingly affecting at times, despite the almost total
absence of dynamic variation in her tone and delivery.

I particularly enjoyed the gently lilting 'Have You Seen' which
sports one of the strongest melodies on the album (The Roches
late 70's and early 80's work came to mind more than once).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazinc 25 Jan 2011
By Glenn - Published on Amazon.com
We saw her at a nice small venue and it was amazing. It's very emotional. I was afraid the recording wouldn't have the same drive; it does. For singer/songwriter folks, this is gold.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cafe 2 Jun 2011
By 50920 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Sharon used to work at a cafe I frequented. She was always very kind and sweet. So I think her music represents her niceness very well. Good luck Sharon and stay lovely!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, beautiful record 27 Nov 2012
By Andrew Collis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Sharon Van Etten's first record is musically simple yet repays repeated listening. There's a lot going on actually. It's warm, interesting, strange, lovely, delicate, intimate, confronting -- the work of a strong writer and performer. The vocals are enchanting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow and lovely 14 Nov 2011
By Sarah Nichols - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple. Beautiful. 7 Jun 2009
By Christopher Kargel - Published on Amazon.com
On a trip to NY a while ago, a friend brought me to the back room of a small Brooklyn venue and showed me this amazingly beautiful artist. Her melodies and lyrics stick with me, especially on tracks like "It's Not Like" and "Keep." It's great to have a more well-mastered recording than the home versions I've been listening to (and still quite enjoying.)
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