To celebrate Sharon Van Etten's big year in support of her critically acclaimed album Tramp, Jagjaguwar is pleased to present the Tramp Deluxe Edition. It includes the album, demos for each album track, plus a bonus track demo. The physical component is a repackaging including a self-portrait and liner notes about each song taken from Van Etten's journals. Set to memorialize the ... Read more in Amazon's Sharon Van Etten Store
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Sharon Van Etten’s new album (her third, but first for Jagjaguwar) is profoundly effortless and singular-minded. Borne from 14 months of scattered recording sessions whilst without a home, Tramp is lush and triumphant, a fresh vision.
Leagues ahead of her first two releases, the album was produced by Aaron Dessner of The National and features performances from Zach Condon (Beirut), Julianna Barwick, Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) and Dessner himself.
A beautiful album that moves from almost-early PJ Harvey dark guitar and drum defiant rock through to graceful, sublime, understated, declarative hymns. Tramp is expected to be one of the most acclaimed and most loved records of 2012.
STANDARD EDITION : Bold 2012 album! Ethereal torch songs 'n' venomous folk from the Brooklyn sorceress who's collaborated with Antlers and Bon Iver. Produced by Aaron Dessner from The National! Cameos by members of Beirut ; The Walkmen and Wye Oak.
Sharon Van Etten's third album is a star studded affair. It contains Zach Condon (Beirut) and Aaron Dressner (The National) amongst others. In fact Dressner produces this. Her vocal style is reminiscent of Tanya Donnely at times but its a mainly acoustic and intimate album that shows real promise.
Van Etten's drawling style is given rousing accompaniments here with tracks that build through guitars and a mixture of strings, brass and piano. This feels like it contains a lot of heart. Listen to Ask where she ends by singing 'It hurts too much to laugh about it' to finish the slow build and you know that the effort isn't just in the tunes here. This is a rock album but don't expect large riffs all the time. Its a quieter affair most of the time actually and whilst the rocky Serpents really works it sounds very familiar but new at the same time. There is an attraction to the whole piece that pulls you back in and as a whole it will stay on the play list for some time.
Thoughtfully put together this will make Van Etten a more familiar name than just to her famous friends.
i came across this in the end of year lists and bought it after comparing reviews , , , , , and im so glad i did,so very happy,worth all the misses,to hit something like this. read the reviews,click,buy,enjoy.
Bought the CD on the back of Serpents and although it's not representative of the album I'm so glad I did. Love the stark lyrics on tracks like Kevin's with it's refrain of "Dig your own grave" that sticks in your head long after you've played the track. Melancholia has rarely sounded so good. I can't stop playing the album which reaches a fitting climax with the final 4 songs. Saw SVE live in Cardiff in December including acoustic versions of Give Out and Leonard, that feature on the recently released deluxe edition of Tramp with the band reverting to electric guitars for a visceral Serpents and an utterly compelling rendition of I'm Wrong, replicating the cathedral of sound on the recorded version, ending in reverb. My favourite track on the album has changed a number of times but is now the emotive All I Can, with it's cut glass vocals. Music for adults, not felines and an album to treasure.
Sharon van Etten has been compared to many other recent female singer-songers - Cat Power, Laura Marling, etc. - but I won't have a word of it.
SVE has something, several things, that many of her 'rivals' might lack: a confidence and attitude in her voice and her songwriting (musically, melodically and lyrically), and she has a voice that is different while still being true and un-affected.
For those reasons I'd sooner compare her to the assuredness (if not the style and sound) of Rickie Lee Jones and Joni Mitchell than any of the other current solo women acts I have heard.
Tramp's moody intensity should appeal to fans of Arcade Fire, The National, Jeff Buckley and the like.