SHARON VAN ETTEN (USA) – REMIND ME TOMORROW

  • Artist:

    SHARON VAN ETTEN (USA)

  • Release Date::

    18th January

  • Label:

    Jagjaguwar

SHARON VAN ETTEN (USA) – REMIND ME TOMORROW

ALBUM OF THE WEEK

Sitting at the bar, I told you everything
You said, “Holy shit, you almost died”
Sharing a shot, you held my hand
Knowing everything, knowing everything, we cried
I told you everything about everything
Sharon Van Etten – “I Told You Everything”

You, you will run (You will run)
Sharon Van Etten – “Memorial Day”

Down beneath the ashes and the stone
Sure of what I’ve lived and have known
I see you so uncomfortably alone
I wish I could show you how much you’ve grown
Sharon Van Etten – “Seventeen”

Listen until you know what to say
Listen until you know what to say
Use loving words and be gentle and kind
Open your mind and it’s easy to find where I am
Sharon Van Etten – “You Shadow”

 

MINI-REVIEW

“Sharon Van Etten is not into replication, neither is she particularly interested in creating or playing to please others. Van Etten has fought hard to finally achieve control over her art and her life and on Remind Me Tomorrow she eschews not only the guitar for the synthesiser but also lays waste to her focus on the hurt from a past relationship that has informed much of her songwriting to date.

An uneasy yet cathartic musical document, this album is one that outwardly exudes a confidence and a certainty, two elements which have been present on past efforts but never as complete in measure as here. Not that Van Etten claims to have all the answers. Many of these tracks trail away leaving more questions than answers. But that in itself is the key to her finding, understanding and letting go and realising the true freedom that lies in that.

While every track is top shelf, five tracks display the album’s ample diversity. The opening salvo on the minimalist ballad ‘I Told You Everything’ is instructive, the haunting vocals of of the gravelly ‘Memorial Day’ positively chilling and the massive stomp of ‘Comeback Kid’ emits a strangely celebratory tone. ‘Seventeen’ is as intense and dramatic a piece of driving synth pop you’ll find anywhere and the closer ‘Stay’  possesses a most unlikely mechanised beauty. The breathtaking musical paths Van Etten has taken on Remind Me Tomorrow show her at the height of her musical powers. It’s an ascent to an artistic pinnacle which has produced an album as satisfying and lasting as anything you’ll find in music, anywhere, anytime.”

James Stocker. Indie30.

 

TRACKLIST

1. I Told You Everything
2. No One’s Easy To Love
3. Memorial Day
4. Comeback Kid
5. Jupiter 4
6. Seventeen
7. Malibu
8. You Shadow
9. Hands
10. Stay

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