Is it a good idea to review an album that has been out since September of last year? The answer is “probably not”, but in this case, I think itʻs safe to go with the gut answer of “Who the hell cares?”
When I first began listening to Sharon Van Etten, I was taken aback by her voice. Forget the typical indie rock references, this is a woman who has transported me to a time of Woodstock festivals where everyone dances around bon fires and exists in a beautiful utopia.
Listening to “DsharpG”, I instantly feel a heavy handed build-up of quiet serenity with lyrics that hint at foolishness and belief in something everyone else would rather cast away. Van Etten is on a rollercoaster, and she hints that she would appreciate it if youʻd stay with her a while. Her songs are heartbreaking yet so beautiful as to appeal to the listener in whatever mood they may be in at the time. Itʻs great when albums may have been born out of heartache but are able to transcend that sadness and reach into the hearts of those who are perfectly content as well. Artists who achieve that, no matter their medium, have found a level of success that so many others strive for. Itʻs a difficult road, but Van Etten proves that she is fully capable of going for the gold.
Van Etten wraps up the album with “Love More”. The light at the end of the tunnel, she knows sheʻs revived her heart with a taste of freedom. Itʻs a delectable delight, and itʻs worthy of being divulged. With this song, Van Etten knows that growth is around the corner and cannot stand to be ignored. Not knowing what is awaiting her, Van Etten realizes that her heart has opened with the falling apart of her relationship; she is ready to push that love onward to someone who will grow with her accordingly.
So, I have a little surprise for our lovely readers: Sharon Van Etten will be playing Kings in Raleigh, NC on Friday, March 11th! This show is part of Hopscotch Music Festival. Though the festival itself isnʻt until September, the show is being presented by them. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 on the day of. Show starts at 9:30pm. Tickets are available for purchase here.
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