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Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow (2019)

Comeback kid indeed.  Sharon Van Etten is back with her first full length album since 2014’s Are We There. In talking with Uncut magazine, Van Etten noted that influences for this release include Portishead, Nick Cave, and Suicide.  This shows through in tracks such as “Memorial Day” and “Hands”.  Introspective lyrics with rough, dark and moody electronics. The former being more atmospheric and the latter being more distorted.

While the electronics add texture to a few of the tracks, it’s the more conventional songs that are the most memorable.  First single “Comeback Kid” is propulsive and a standout song from 2018.  “Seventeen” is a celebration of NYC and how its changes over the years.  “Stay” closes out the album with tender lyrics about Van Etten’s one-year old son.  While the electronics can at times sound too stark and rob Van Etten’s voice of some it’s warmth, her personality continues to shine throughout.

7.5/10

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