9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 01 February 2012
Don't recall hearing Sharon Van Etten's previous two LP's though I have packed quite a few copies so it's fair to assume she's a popular young lady. 'Tramp' is her first LP for Jagjaguwar and boasts The National's Aaron Dessner as producer and Zach Condon (Beirut), Julianna Barwick, Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) as guest players. With or without these excellent contributions it's unlikely that Sharon Van Etten would ever make a bad record. Her voice is strong and ever so slightly husky and her songwriting hits on all the classics from Patti Smith to Cat Power to Low whilst eluding any direct comparison to any one artist...though she gets pretty darn close to PJ Harvey from time to time. 'Tramp' already sounds like a classic LP and I've only heard it twice. Heartfelt without being overwhelming or cheesy and jam-packed with solid tunes, 'Tramp' is likely to be one of Alt-Country's big-hitters this year. You should take a listen.
9/10 Brian Danteshogroast Customer review,
Taken a while with this lady but now I think I'm finally getting her vision, I think it was the familiarity that put me off like she was aping a long widely admired muse but there's definitely the requisite magic here and her voice has got more velvety and rich since 'Etten', an album I must revisit damn soon. I've certainly much more faith in this than that damn Lana Del Rey woman....
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