MusicFebruary 16, 2012 at 5:44 am

Tramp – Sharon Van Etten

On Tramp, Sharon Van Etten drones in the best way possible. Her full soundscapes and haunting voice will sink you into a reverb–induced state of mellowness. Embrace it. Given the acts she’s worked with (The Antlers, The National), her expertise in slow–burning tracks is unsurprising. On standout track “Serpents,” hazy guitar riffs and big drums provide a lush cushion for her barbs: “You enjoy sucking on dreams, so I will fall asleep with someone other than you.” Her lyrics on accepting hard truths often get lost in the haze, but her elegant voice conveys a stunning depth of emotion. Although at times the mood becomes tiresomely heavy, this album will satisfy a broad audience, from fans of Cat Power to The Walkmen.

4/5 Stars

 
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