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Review: Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp

Artist: Sharon Van Etten

Album: Tramp

Sharon Van Etten is an artist that sits pretty comfortably in the current indie singer/songwriter scene; not really offering anything new, but instead offers a very polished version of the scene. Tramp stars off with its best song, “Warsaw,” a galloping romp through sparse reverbed guitars that puts forth a promise that the album cannot necessarily keep.  Second track “Give Out” does try, and offers the best lyrics found on the album: “You’re the reason why I’ll move to the city/or why I’ll need to leave.”  Good stuff, that.  On a song like “Serpents” it’s difficult to avoid the comparisons to Cat Power, but it’s so good it barely mattes.  Tramp is a quiet, sad, sometimes angry album that mostly goes through the motions of a typical album of the genre.  What it does, it does well, but is ultimately unfulfilling.

3.5/5

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