Breaking up is still hard to do.
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SHARON VAN ETTEN
Chicago 2012 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL; February 16, 2012. Broadcast October 28, 2012. Ex FM stereo.
This was one of last year’s critics’ choice albums. Just look at the praises.
This isn’t just her finest album, but one of early 2012’s best. - NME, UK
A gorgeous, fully realized expression of her potential. - Dusted Magazine
Though it rarely rises above a whisper, Van Etten’s captivating vocals and Dessner’s subtle production ensure that Tramp is never remotely sleepy. - Paste Magazine
An arresting record for challenging times. - Q Magazine
Deeply felt, gorgeously rendered folk-pop songs. - Spin
The producerly hand of the National’s Aaron Dessner and cameos by the likes of Beirut’s Zach Condon only add to the conclusion that Tramp is one of the must-hears of early 2012. - The Observer, UK
According to NME’s Laura Snapes, Van Etten’s previous two albums Because I Was In Love and Epic were all about her “five-year relationship with an abusive ex- who would break her instruments and tell her she wasn’t good enough to be a musician”. Tramp is apparently album number three on the same subject of breaking up being hard to do.
This performance at the Lincoln Hall in Chicago comes a few days after the new album was released. Van Etten shows no signs of being “not good enough”. She performs with defiance. Peace Signs (”I am not afraid I am something”), Ask (”It hurts too much to laugh about it”), Don’t Do It (”Look me in the eyes, say you can’t do it”) all affirm her resolve to show she has the goods, the will to live, the guts to make it. More than half of the new album, Tramp, is performed to an appreciative audience.
The show closes with ‘Serpents’, the single off the new album, “You enjoy… sssucking on dreams/So I will fall asleep with someone other than you”. A reference to “Sharon Van Etten’s Shitty Ex-Boyfriend”, a musician as well, who apparently is now in prison. Breaking up is indeed hard to do.
Ouch. Thanks mdshrk1 for sharing this at Traders Den.
- The Little Chicken
Picture posted at sharonvanetten.com - Thanks!
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Track 01. Warsaw* 2:49 (4.5MB)
Track 02. Give Out* 4:36 (7.3MB)
Track 03. Peace Signs 3:02 (4.8MB)
Track 04. Kevin’s* 4:23 (7.0MB)
Track 05. Ask* 3:55 (6.2MB)
Track 06. Don’t Do It 5:22 (8.6MB)
Track 07. Leonard* 3:59 (6.4MB)
Track 08. In Line* 4:51 (7.7MB)
Track 09. All I Can* 5:35 (8.9MB)
Track 10. I’m Wrong* 8:16 (13.2MB)
Track 11. Love More 6:40 (10.7MB)
Track 12. Serpents* 3:21 (5.3MB)
*All these songs can be found in studio versions on her latest album, Tramp, released Feb 7, 2012.
Sharon Van Etten - guitar, vocals
Doug Keith - bass
Zeke Hutchins - drums
Heather Woods Broderick - keyboards, backing vocals
Sharon Van Etten records with Jagjaguwar. Buy her latest album, Tramp, here.
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