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.
Emphasis tracks: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
RIYL: Cat Power, The Antlers, Bon Iver, Feist