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  • Audio CD (20 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ba Da Bing
  • ASIN: B003Y86JQE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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, Van Etten's second album, 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. The album was recorded at Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia with Brian McTear. Where Van Etten's first record, Because I Was in Love, explored her thoughts on love through minimalism and sparseness, Epic embellishes her music to grandiose luminosity. She supplements guitar and vocals with drums, piano, lap steel and a trio of backing vocalists--Meg Baird (Espers), Cat Martino and Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps Bees)--for a fully realized album that astounds as it elucidates, disturbs as it soothes. The final track, 'Love More,' has already been covered live in a collaborative effort by Bon Iver and The National. Since her last album, Van Etten has sung on The Antlers' Hospice and performed with them at Radio City Music Hall, sung improv on the Mike Reed Trio's upcoming album, recorded backup vocals for Swedish pop-star Anna Ternheim, appeared on the recent Esopus Magazine compilation and collaborated with Megafaun (check YouTube!); she will soon appear on a soundtrack for the film The Builder along with Bon Iver and Phosphorescent, and has a 7-inch coming out this summer. After years of playing repeatedly around New York, Van Etten is preparing for a series of tours that will take her through Europe and the United States.

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I can't recall hearing anything more beautiful in all my life --Robin Hilton NPR

I've fallen hopelessly in love with Sharon Van Etten --Tom Ravenscroft NME

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By Red on Black TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
To entitle your sophomore album "Epic" is either a signal of outrageous boastfulness or supreme self confidence borne of the assurance that you have recorded an instant classic to rank with some of the years best albums. To add to this you are yet another female singer songwriter making your contribution when the past 12 months already stands jam packed to the rafters with great music within this genre. Yet bless her Sharon Van Etten has not only pushed herself to the front of the queue but recorded an album which is more than just run of the mill sweet folk melancholy but deals with a level of darkness and vulnerability which tends to put her in a linage stemming as much from Janis Joplin or Martha Wainwright as Joni Mitchell. Indeed "Epic" sounds to these ears to carve a distinct acoustic niche in the same way that say Bon Iver's "For Emma" did a couple of years back, and for example when you listen to songs like the lovely "DsharpG" its intensely difficult to locate its influences or musical pedigree except to recognise its all a bit special. Listen now on National Public Radio and set aside the rest of your music collection for a little while.

Sharon Van Etten lists a huge range of influences on her My Space page and echoes as diverse as Vashti Bunyan, Low, Neil Young, Antony & The Johnsons, Gillian Welch, and the Carpenters abound throughout the album. And guess what, kel surprise, she is from Brooklyn the new talent capital of the world with this record representing a step change on her Espers inspired "Because I was in love". This growth can be demonstrably charted on the epic (sorry) "Don't do it" full of swirling guitars almost reminiscent of the best of the Cocteau Twins with a vocal of sweet dissonance that builds to "Cherry Coloured funk" proportions.
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For me Sharon's best album, such beautiful songs and the best female voice around.
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Epic may be short be packs one hell of a punch , singer songwriter music not to be missed by any means.
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Brilliant album that's just started to get hold of me, 'Peacesigns' is just wonderful and I can't get it out of my head and other tracks are coming close.

The only reason I've not given 5 stars is because it's not long enough..
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while original work, we bought as one track impressed us, unfortunately find the rest of the CD hard work and have not yet developed a taste for it.
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