Sharon Van Etten (from the album Remind Me Tomorrow available on Jagjaguwar Records)
Simple notes played on a keyboard and an open-ended confession begin “I Told You Everything,” the first cut on Remind Me Tomorrow, the latest release from Sharon Van Etten. ‘Sitting at the bar, I told you everything. You said ‘holy shit’ you almost died’ is a lyric that leaves a wealth of space to imagine what exactly is the mentioned ‘everything’ aside from what can be gleaned from the unlimited well of personal admissions. Sharon Van Etten’s vocal tone is not quite a whisper but soft enough to be the perfect accompaniment for the bass and keyboards that give the album a front to back atmospheric vibe. Remind Me Tomorrow is a quiet album, both sad and reflective, with Sharon Van Etten possibly retelling her past, or various scenes from her life played out in each song. “Memorial Day” plays off like a theatrical score with a dark pulse that slowly meanders underneath the surface, catching you in a conversation you joined well after it began but you can’t resist seeing how it plays out.
“Seventeen” and “Malibu” fit perfectly together, “Seventeen” melodically upbeat compared to the rest of the album as the narrator reflects on that great age and whatever anyone did at that age, “Malibu” adding more reflections on young relationships, letting driving around aimlessly be the perfect activities on the edge of 17 years old. This is an efficient album, with little time and even less space wasted, as each song find Sharon Van Etten getting right to the point. Her vocals while hushed are deliberate and very matter-of-fact. While the melodic mood ofRemind Me Tomorrowremains the same through each track Sharon has created a simple formula, capitalizing on what the album lacks sonically. Leaving out added instrumentation, something as simple as an acoustic guitar, is the ace dealt by Remind Me Tomorrow, otherwise it would be just another overly emotional Folk album. (by Bryant Liggett)
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