Artist: Sharon Van Etten
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.