Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
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Based on 35 reviews
2019 Ratings: #25 / 545
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2019 Ratings: #41
January 18, 2019 / Release Date
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Jagjaguwar / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NOW Magazine
Van Etten’s work is a rotary of emotional experiences, most often the tumultuous motions of loving and loving the wrong person. But here her purpose is clear, sharp. She writes about loving holistically, and maybe finally of loving a self that exists as it is.
100
Consequence of Sound
Lyrically and emotionally, it’s a scrapbook of those “lost” years, funneled through 10 essential tracks that all find her on steadier footing. Those feet are now on new terrain, but Van Etten ably strolls by the worn-out footprints of so many crooners who have previously stumbled or worn out their soles with such a departure.
100
No Ripcord
It’s her grandest and greatest evolution yet.
90
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.

90
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.
90
AllMusic

Throughout Remind Me Tomorrow, she plumbs the depths of contentedness, setting her satisfaction to a sound that's nominally dark yet strangely comforting and nourishing. Even if this album doesn't speak to your specific life, it will nevertheless enrich it.

90
Exclaim!

Remind Me Tomorrow is not only a reminder of the power of love but also features some of Van Etten's finest work to date.

90
musicOMH
It may be very different to her previous work, but in it’s own way, it provides just as much an emotional gut-punch.
87
Paste

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.

85
Under The Radar

Remind Me Tomorrow stands comfortably alongside Van Etten's finest work but also, excitingly, quite aside from it. Van Etten continues to amaze, move and impress with every move.

85
Earmilk

Van Etten doesn't have any interest in Remind Me Tomorrow being pretty. Life is gritty and grating and perhaps the most exciting thing this album succeeds in doing is mimicking life.

84
Pitchfork
On her fifth album, Sharon Van Etten conjures tempests and explores their subsequent calms. It is the peak of her songwriting and her most atmospheric, emotionally piercing album to date.
83
A.V. Club

Anyone looking for tidy narratives won’t find them in Remind Me Tomorrow, as the album isn’t concerned with backstories or motivations. Instead, its 10 songs are much more focused on how their protagonists are dealing right now, in the present, with triumphs, traumas, and new beginnings.

83
Pretty Much Amazing
Her instincts as a songwriter—one of the best of the decade, surely—have not been diminished or neglected in her pursuit of an expanded, sometimes experimental sound. These ten new songs, some of her best yet, brim with heart and wisdom.
82
Sputnikmusic
This is the kind of record that never loses sight of a desire to learn and change.
80
Rolling Stone

Her fantastic new album, Remind Me Tomorrow, ups her ambitions even further, pushing toward a grand, smoldering vision of pop that can bring to mind Lana Del Rey and St. Vincent ... and the New Wave warrior-queen spirit of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O.

80
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.
80
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.

80
Clash
Atmospheric scenery mingles with new aesthetics that add colour to her widescreen laments.
80
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.

80
Dork
What it lacks in emotional heft, it makes up for in spirit. Sometimes change is good. In 'Remind Me Tomorrow', it’s electrifying.
80
DIY
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.
80
American Songwriter
This album manages to be striking even when the words are minimized or backgrounded.
80
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.
80
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.
80
NME
Don’t call it a comeback, but it may well be her most intoxicating and impressive work to date.
80
The Observer
Van Etten remains resolutely herself: possessed of a slow-burning seethe that builds to swirling crescendos, she is a consummate surgeon of relationships, keen on Bruce Springsteen.
80
Crack Magazine

Returning to her songcraft after marking off epochal moments in her personal life, Remind Me Tomorrow pops with vibrancy on a record that makes Van Etten’s voice feel more alive and present than ever.

80
The 405

Remind Me Tomorrow isn’t only a return to her calling, but a grand surprise. Sharon Van Etten has finally, truly, embraced just how appealing her unique voice can be.

80
PopMatters

Sharon Van Etten's Remind Me Tomorrow bucks expectations and her previously visceral songwriting tone for something more reflective, exploratory, and ultimately more impactful.

80
Spectrum Culture

Remind Me Tomorrow may delve into darker sonic terrain for the artist, what with its whirring and noisy synths, but Van Etten has never sounded as ecstatic as she does on this record, and her already considerable body of work seems poised to get even better.

80
Gigwise

Releasing her fifth studio album Remind Me Tomorrow, she tests the boundaries with what she can do, and has gone further than she ever imagined.

70
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.

70
The Needle Drop

Remind Me Tomorrow is a little all over the place in terms of style and pacing, but is nevertheless another solid set of songs from Sharon Van Etten.

50
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.
amw100
85
In a day with so many big releases, it's almost easy to forget Sharon Van Etten even released an album today, that is until you listen to this beautiful thing. This album is one of, if not the best pop albums of the decade, and a strong early AOTY contender. I love pretty much everything about this album, and i'm extremely happy that this is one of the albums we open this year with. I'll tell you right now, this is a high bar she set for albums for the rest of the year, and i can say that this ... read more
PipePanic
61
Eh. It's fine. Good production and interesting lyrics. Just not for me. Bit too safe for me. Very Bowie inspired I suppose.

...Yeah, I got nothing. This is ok.

Favorite Jams: Comeback Kid, Seventeen, You Shadow

Lest Favorite: I Told You Everything

(For further thoughts, see my Stella Donnelly review)
holowna
72
Sharon's latest record is significantly punchier and more idiosyncratic in comparison to her previous "Are We There." While her lyricism takes a bit of a backseat in favor of more anthemic, instrumentally expressive production, this record still offers much of her usual pensiveness. Either way, she delivered and I'm very happy.

Rating: Decent to Great (72).
zachthesnack
87
This has some of the coolest moments I have ever seen on a Synthpop record. Like there were a couple moments where I was just taken aback and was like "Wow, this is really great". The rest of the album was still good but it was not consistently incredible but still solid through and through.

Favs: Comeback Kid, Seventeen, Hands
exception
87
An album with tons of replay value. One of the best sets of art pop songs this year.
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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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