Sharon Van Etten – Epic [Album Review]

by Woody on January 15, 2011

After ignoring Sharon Van Etten throughout 2011, I continued to see Epic on year-end lists at blogs I respect like Muzzle Of Bees and Captain Obvious. I finally gave in to see what all the fuss was about.

The opening track, “A Crime,” is basic enough with just Sharon and an acoustic accompanying her. Nothing crazy – just her striking voice over some chords, yet I was transfixed by the song. The lyrics hit you between the eyes and she nails the emotions with her voice.

At that point, I thought what I was dealing with was a singer-songwriter type. Woman + guitar equals songs. Got it. Once again I was wrong. “Peace Signs” offers a full band, backing vocals, and Sharon shows more vocal range.

After two songs I was on board. Van Etten’s smoldering voice had me hook, line, and sinker. By the time “Save Yourself” introduced steel guitar to the scene, I realized the mistake we made in overlooking this album and leaving it off our Best of 2010 list.

My only complaint about Epic is it’s brevity. Seven songs is just a tease. So to recap, Sharon Van Etten is good, on occasion we are dummies, and your collection would be much happier with Ms. Van Etten in the mix.

Sharon Van Etten – Love More

Sharon Van Etten – For You

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

starralex76 January 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm

stunning voice..i am haunted by this recently. buy the record, you won’t be sorry

Thomas Wylde January 19, 2011 at 3:16 am

It’s as if this song existed for a long time. It gives the feeling that it belongs to us, unless that’s the opposite? Gorgeous.

Evan March 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm

I like her, but she’s wearing her Cat Power t-shirt a little too conspicuously – including the blunt-cut bangs.

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