Sharon Van Etten #6 - Taking Chances

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I'm not quite sure when Sharon Van Etten stepped up from quietly adored (I remember seeing her perform at a Sunday night show at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen) to universally acclaimed (her next show is at Koko on June 5th - details - some seven times the size). There probably wasn't a singular event that caused it, more likely a slow drip-feed of converts. It was somewhere after 2010's Epic and most likely with 2012's Tramp, both records of great depth which hit the listener heart almost unbearable levels of emotion and heartbreak.

Last week Sharon announced her fourth LP Are We There due May 26th via Jagjaguwar (there's a nice US only deluxe bundle here) and yesterday shared it's first single "Taking Chances"...

The track is both a change and a continuation, the lyrics remain as direct and straight from the heart as ever, Sharon's luxurious voice again connects with places inside you forgot you had but it also introduces a more smoldering, rhythmic melody with echoey, slow motion bass and languid beats forming much of the groove whilst organ and guitar shimmers textures add a veneer of gloss. "Taking "Chances" is a pounding, romantic pop song with a superb vocal, the world's love with Sharon is about to be rekindled.