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Sharon Van Etten – Epic

October 5, 2010

In a day and age when singer/songwriters seem to be about a dime a dozen, it’s difficult to come across one that possesses a kind of holding power that separates them from the bunch.  Thankfully for us, Sharon Van Etten does just that.  The Brooklyn-based Van Etten’s haunting vocals and sincere lyrics prove that she is at the forefront of the modern pack.  Her latest album, Epic, is a wonderfully captivating collection of seven songs that instantly welcome the listener into a world of lost love and heartbreak.  The songs are a powerful, heartfelt mix that feature more layered and experimental aspects than Van Etten’s previous releases. VE’s fuller sound does not take away from the passion and intimacy that play such a key part in the songstress’s work, as seen in the hauntingly beautiful album closer, “Love More.”  It merely showcases her undisputable talent in a different light.  Epic is proof that Sharon Van Etten is a force that will only continue to grow stronger and brighter as her musical journey unfolds, and it will be an interesting journey to witness, to say the least. Epic is set to release 10/8/10. Emphasis tracks: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

RIYL: Cat Power, The Antlers, Bon Iver, Feist

Sharon Van Etten / Ba Da Bing Records

By Emily L

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