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on 7 February 2012
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.