The shimmering sound of Sharon Van Etten’s Jagjaguwar debut album,
Tramp, both defies and illuminates the unsteadiness of a life in flux.
Throughout the 14 months of scattered recording sessions, Van Etten
was without a home -- crashing with friends and storing her
possessions between varied locations. The only constant in Van Etten's
life during this time was spent in Aaron Dessner's garage studio.
Tramp contains as much striking rock, as pious, minimal beauty; it can
be as emotionally combative as it can sultry. Van Etten has traveled
far, and if her displacement took an emotional toll, she offset those
setbacks with a powerfully articulated vision. And so, once again,
each listener will discover their own moments along the way, and the
debates as to the best song start anew.