Remind Me Tomorrow

Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
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Based on 14 reviews
2019 Ratings: #4 / 12
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Based on 9 ratings
January 18, 2019 / Release Date
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The Line of Best Fit

Sharon Van Etten’s new album is the crown jewel in her peerless catalogue .... By not pulling her punches, Van Etten has seemingly done the impossible – reinvented herself by doubling down on her own artistic tendencies.

Loud and Quiet
With ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ Van Etten has shown she’s an enduring artist able to create cohesive works without being limited to a single style. Relatable in theme but with exploration beyond her previous musical boundaries, this is a record of quite astounding depth and resonance, one which should be played often.

Sharon Van Etten was already one of the great lyricists of the ‘10s, but with this breathtaking new project, she’s proved an artistic pliancy her contemporaries may not possess. She hit her stride with Are We There, but here she’s not even on the ground.

The Guardian
Whether Van Etten is brooding on the present or pining for the good old days ... the general impression remains the same: this ambitious, arresting album feels like the work of an artist wielding her considerable talents with newfound confidence and conviction.
The Telegraph

The atmosphere is doomy and gothic, creating an underlying tension that casts her lyrics of devotion and self-forgiveness in a shadowy light. It’s as if she can’t quite commit to her own happiness.

Atmospheric scenery mingles with new aesthetics that add colour to her widescreen laments.
The Skinny

Many of Sharon Van Etten’s fans may be disappointed by the lack of sadness and darkness on Remind Me Tomorrow, and while there are still elements of both in the album’s undertones, there’s more of a hopefulness and sense of promise that suits her just as well.

What it lacks in emotional heft, it makes up for in spirit. Sometimes change is good. In 'Remind Me Tomorrow', it’s electrifying.
The sea change in Sharon’s personal life has given rise to a tidal wave of ambition in her music; that she has harnessed it so masterfully surely confirms her position as one of her generation’s most compelling voices.
American Songwriter
This album manages to be striking even when the words are minimized or backgrounded.
The Independent
After a period of tumult, Sharon Van Etten’s fifth album is a reinvention. But beneath its hazy synths and electronics are songs of endurance and inner peace, of settling after a flurry of activity.
FLOOD Magazine
It’s fascinating to hear her chew through a landscape so markedly different from anything she has navigated before. All of it feels of the same canvas, though—an evolution of Van Etten’s core aesthetic, but hardly an abandonment.
Drowned in Sound

Remind Me Tomorrow isn’t as consistently captivating as Tramp or Are We There, but it’s nonetheless a delightful return, one that gives us a new (pleasingly less traumatic) window into Van Etten’s world.

God Is in the TV
This trend for slightly errant singers of a certain popularity to add a bit of squiggly electronica and lyrical whataboutery in order to obtain critical immunity does nothing for these ears when I have feasted them on Neko Case and Mitski over the last year. Which is why, if I were you, I would just program tracks one, six and seven and be done with the rest of this album.
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I am definitely going to shit myself when i listen to this album
St. Vincent Van Springsteen sounds awesome to me
Looking forward to this!
drip drip yall
she has written some exceptionally powerful songs that are not only great, but personally very important to me. I really like her and want this to be great. but if it turns out to be St. Vincent Van Springsteen, that will not be a good thing.
Like John, I'm kinda feel mixxed. While I understand the need to change, here nothing is extremely bold. But Sharon is mostly praised for her work as a songwriter and here it could be interesting. Based on seventeen and comeback kid, this feels like a reflection of her past, how it weights her present and how she will deal with future (which makes sense with "remind me tomorrow" title). I don't know what is the place for Jupiter 4 but I'm not fearing the general songwriting.
thanks for the comments, noonewould, and I hope you are right and I am wrong.
John, I would encourage you to read up on her process with creating this album. She didn’t go mainstream, she just took a break from guitar to learn how to play the synth and decided to incorporate that in to a new sound. A perhaps more “pop” forward sound, in comparison to her precious works, but I assure you the album is still a very true SVE album full of beautiful and sad songs. A choice she made solely on her on for herself to experiment as musicians often do, not to appeal to the masses.
based only on the single "Seventeen", this does not bode well. another indie artist gone full mainstream. I simply can't believe this is the same person who wrote "Your Love is Killing Me" and "Every Time the Sun Comes Up". what a shame.
While the singles didn't grab me much leading up to this, all three tracks are sounding really nice right now...

The run of No One's Easy to Love>Memorial Day>Comeback Kid>Jupiter 4>Seventeen is pretty great.

Thus far "I Told You Everything" isn't really doing it for me as the opener, and the back end of the album doesn't jazz me up as much as that 5 song run. Still a worthy addition to the SVE catalog.
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Track List

  1. I Told You Everything
  2. No One's Easy to Love
  3. Memorial Day
  4. Comeback Kid
  5. Jupiter 4
  6. Seventeen
  7. Malibu
  8. You Shadow
  9. Hands
  10. Stay
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Added on: October 2, 2018