From KCRW DJ Anne Litt:
Sharon Van Etten has made one of the most raw, honest records I have heard in awhile. There is something confessional, real and hardworking about her. Her band is tight. This album, Epic, is the first time I’ve actually heard her music. I have heard that her earlier records are super-sweet and mellifluous. This one isn’t. Not sure why. Maybe it’s just that she’s grown up, moved to New York, worked hard and worked smart.
The first song I ever heard was “Peace Signs.” It’s a powerful song in which she sings that she “is not afraid” and I believe her. She’s not kidding around. She’s been through the ringer and is coming out on the other side. Is that her real story? I don’t know, but her assertiveness is a lesson that, as a woman, I am still learning.
There is a song called “Don’t Do It” that is my new addiction. “Love More” is loved and often covered by Bon Iver in concert.
Stream “Don’t Do It”:
Check her out. You will be surprised. This wasn’t a “first listen” record, but it’s now become and “over and over” listen and lesson for me.