Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

Limited Black Vinyl LP Record + Digital Download

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Are We There is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten, released in May 2014 by Jagjaguwar Records.

Van Etten's transfixing voice and often heart-wrenching songs come through in an odd mixture of pain and flourishing inspiration on the best moments of Are We There. The album follows her 2012 outing ‘Tramp’ and trades up on some of the crushed indie templates of that album for new stylistic territory.

Van Etten's songs have more often than not found their lyrical core stemming from painful relationships and hard times, culminating in ‘Tramp’'s tales of homelessness, uncertainty, and desperation. Are We There 's selections also mine her harrowed heart for inspiration, be it the slow-burning portrait of a toxic love/hate romance in "Your Love Is Killing Me" or the obsessed fixation on an absent lover in "Break Me".

While there's still a fair amount of heartbreak and pain in the subject matter of the songs, the folky strums and indie rock clatter of earlier records have been expanded upon with more inventive musical approaches, leaving the album feeling much brighter, even in its darkest moments. "Taking Chances" is guided by an unexpectedly slinking bass line and minimal drum machine clicks, Van Etten's voice melting like honey over their laid-back foundations before introducing rawkus guitars on the chorus. Similar instrumentation shows up on "Our Love", a steady drum machine and lonely organ drone setting the stage for the brilliantly arranged multi-tracked harmonies and an indie take on the sophisticated tones of '80s quiet storm R&B.

Even when tending toward more familiar rock sounds, the arrangements on Are We There are more considered, colourful, and ornate than ever before. The more inventive arrangements and advances in songwriting are an undeniable step forward for Van Etten. While still immersed in songs of emotional ravagement and betrayal, the confidence of her performances and spectrum of sounds represented here suggest a complete graduation from troubled, uncertain roots into a place where she can deliver her songs with a powerful, borderless command.

Check out the tracks: “Taking Chances”, “Everytime The Sun Comes Up” and “Our Love”. 

This limited edition LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with digital download is pressed in the USA on black vinyl.

(656605225517)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Afraid Of Nothing

4:05

A2

Taking Chances

3:50

A3

Your Love Is Killing Me

6:18

A4

Our Love

3:53

A5

Tarifa

4:51

B1

I Love You But I’m Lost

4:19

B2

You Know Me Well

4:32

B3

Break Me

4:01

B4

Nothing Will Change

3:16

B5

I Know

3:36

B6

Every Time The Sun Comes Up

4:23

SKU 656605225517
Record Label Jagjaguwar Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number JAG255
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 26 May 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 26 May 2014
Barcode # 656605225517
Shipping Weight 0.4450kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Folk
Format VINYL LP

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