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Sharon Van Etten


Indie folk songstress Van Etten returns with her third album in three years

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  1. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Her songs will always possess that precarious balance of tender vulnerability, sheer honesty and detailed snippets of subconscious that never fail to delight
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  2. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A wonderful record, a colossal achievement, and features some of the most breathtaking, moving and downright beautiful music you’ll hear all year
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  3. 9.0 |   NME

    This isn't just her finest album, but one of early 2012's best
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  4. 9.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Her voice is the key element in what makes this album exceptional; it’s not showy or overdramatic, it’s clear and edgy and so human
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  5. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    Any claims that this is her “mature” or “grown up” are not strictly correct; Tramp is simply her most fully-realized album yet, and that’s all there is to it
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  6. 8.5 |   Bowlegs

    A timeless record, full of honesty and extraordinary performances. What else can we say?
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  7. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Van Etten sings likes she’s been through something dark and profound. Tramp culminates that journey
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  8. 8.3 |   Paste Magazine

    It isn’t an album made for quick digestion or joyous celebration. Its revelations are fixed in that intimacy, that private conversation Van Etten has designed to share with you, and you alone
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  9. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Van Etten's clear cool voice arrives as if through a fug of fatigue. Print edition only

  10. 8.0 |   The AU Review

    It is her powerfully ethereal voice which stands out as her greatest asset, and elevates Tramp from a good album to a great one
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  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Van Etten's voice has the impact of Florence Welch and the ruminative burr of Rufus Wainwright. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Her last album, Epic, was a downer-folk gem; here, she and her double- tracked voice sound bigger, thanks partly to help from dudes in Beirut and the National
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  13. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Van Etten’s skill as an earnest troubadour is undeniable. Her true talent, however, rests in her ability to make the most out of the basic components of song-crafting
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  14. 8.0 |   The Observer

    One of the must-hears of early 2012
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  15. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    One of the must-hears of early 2012
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  16. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Highlights are many, disappointments few – and melody reigns supreme
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  17. 8.0 |   Spin

    Deeply felt, gorgeously rendered folk-pop songs
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  18. 8.0 |   Q

    An arresting record for challenging times. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   AU Review

    It is her powerfully ethereal voice which stands out as her greatest asset, and elevates Tramp from a good album to a great one
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  20. 8.0 |   BBC

    Album three broadens her already sublime sound while exhibiting greater confidence
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  21. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    Confession is still very much the thing
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  22. 7.5 |   The Quietus

    The blend of soul and rootsy grit may not be startlingly original, but here, at least, it’s Van Etten’s and nobody else's that truly shines
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  23. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    With the help of The National's Aaron Dessner and a slew of friends, Tramp ends up sounding more like the work of a band and less a confessional singer/songwriter album
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  24. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    Tramp isn't as seizing as Epic, its songs aren't as dense and unalike, its textures don't diverge in the same methods, but it breathes more, it quivers more, it shakes, it overturns itself, it rusts
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  25. 7.0 |   FasterLouder

    Far from easy-going, Tramp’s weighty folk-rock inclinations are not for the faint of heart, the record demanding a full-fledged investment from its audience
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  26. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Her album is all about taking liberties, making mistakes, saying and not saying all the things that couldn’t, and maybe shouldn’t, be said
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  27. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Van Etten’s true gift as a songwriter is her ability to evoke huge emotions from the tiniest of gestures
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  28. 7.0 |   Prefix

    A logical next step in her upward trajectory
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  29. 6.0 |   music OMH

    It’s satisfying that Tramp is as stark and personal as any of Van Etten’s
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  30. 6.0 |   DIY

    A truly honest performance
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