Album Review

Sharon Van Etten Remind Me Tomorrow Jagjaguwar

Somber anguish has long been a trademark of Sharon Van Etten’s beautifully austere folk-pop, which probes the inner workings of relationships with unsparing directness. The surprising “Remind Me Tomorrow” recognizes a stunning sonic change, expanding her palette to include such constituents as synths and uptempo flutes, with no loss of psychological heat. Prolonging to delineate the terrain of the being like an gutsy adventurer, Van Etten says, “The aura’ round me says/ ’My love is for real’” to stress of theremin and bells on the shimmering “Jupiter, ” and she looks at lost youth in the pulsate “Seventeen, ” exclaiming to her earlier soul, “I choose I could demonstrate you how much you’ve grown.” Both a fearless difference and an pronouncement of her knacks, Remind Me Tomorrow sees Sharon Van Etten a little wiser and as fascinating as ever.

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