John Bills 100: 97

Posted on July 3, 2015

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97: Sharon Van Etten // ‘Tramp’ (2012)

I don’t remember how I came to hear this album. Maybe it ranked particularly high on some list in 2012. It definitely wasn’t recommended to me. Either way, hear it I did, and boy am I glad I did. Opening with the kinda lazy kinda not jangle of Warsaw, what we find here are 12 songs that follow the singer-songwriter path we all know and love. That might sound initially like a criticism, but the truth couldn’t be more different. Every style of music has immense merit, especially when done well, and this is an album that put simply is done very well. Picking out highlights from the album is difficult, as almost every song could sit in that bracket and be justified for doing so. As with any good singer-songwriter collection there is a certain sense of familiarity to each song, as if you’d heard it before and fallen in love with it before, a fact which pretty much guarantees further lodging in your lobes.

And if nothing else, you’re the reason I will move to the city and why I’ll need to leave.

Listen: ‘Get Out’, ‘In Line’.

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