AOTY 2021

Because I Was in Love

Sharon Van Etten - Because I Was in Love
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 59 ratings
2009 Ratings: #116
Liked by 1 person
May 26, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Language of Stone / Label
Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

77
Pitchfork

Fans of acoustic guitar-playing female singer-songwriters are so flooded with options these days that they are in the position to be pretty discriminating. Artists such as Alela Diane, Marissa Nadler, Jana Hunter, and Mariee Sioux have issued a steady stream of quality music, and have collectively set a fairly high standard for newcomers to match. Yet on her debut full-length album, Because I Was in Love, Brooklyn's Sharon Van Etten proves that she has the expressive voice and the songwriting chops to ably hold her own in the company of her peers.

KingIsCole10
66
Sharon's more stripped down to just acoustic guitar stuff is always very lovely to listen to. This album just doesn't leave the comfortable and safe sound she goes for on the album. Favorite tracks are I Wish I Knew, Consolation Prize and I Fold.
AlanVux
75
lovely.
ethannn
60
Much of the same but has a few standout tracks littered throughout that save this album from mediocrity, with Much More Than That being one of the best SVE songs i have heard.
Best Tracks: I Wish I Knew, Consolation Prize, Much More Than That, Keep
Worst Track: Have You Seen
palomacola
84
soft harmonies, gentle guitar, never over-extending, an album that pinpoints some exact sadnesses - simple enough to grow with my own in each listen
rosevean
60
#4 I Fold
#6 Tornado
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Track List

  1. I Wish I Knew
  2. Consolation Prize
  3. For You 
  4. I Fold 
  5. Have You Seen 
  6. Tornado
  7. Much More Than That 
  8. Same Dream 
  9. Keep 
  10. It's Not Like 
  11. Holding Out
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