Because I Was in Love

Sharon Van Etten - Because I Was in Love
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Based on 26 ratings
2009 Ratings: #96
May 26, 2009 / Release Date
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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.

#4 I Fold
#6 Tornado
Sharon Van Etten's debut LP is a stripped-down, basic folk singer-songwriter album that sounds really intimate and heartbroke with little more than her bare voice and guitar hand in hand. The lyrics are pretty emotive as well as the performances throughout the albums runtime, but the overall lack of more developed instrumentation in pretty much all of the tracklisting may be a barrier for Van Etten's release of her potential. One might just wish a good band was backing her talent up here.
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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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