Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2012 Ratings: #92 / 928
Year End Rank: #15
User Score
Based on 119 ratings
2012 Ratings: #33
February 7, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Jagjaguwar / Label
Folk / Genres
Your Review


The 405

It is an album full of passion, beauty, talent and fantastic songs.

Drowned in Sound

It’s a wonderful record, a colossal achievement, and features some of the most breathtaking, moving and downright beautiful music you’ll hear all year.


It has been a joy to see Van Etten growing in confidence as an artist – and this isn’t just her finest album, but one of early 2012’s best.

Beats Per Minute

Tramp is simply her most fully-realized album yet, and that’s all there is to it.

A.V. Club

Tramp is Van Etten’s most confident-sounding album to date, pushing at the boundaries of her music and suggesting a turn away from the romantic wound-licking that has dominated her lyrics.


Matters of mistrust, isolation, and uncomfortable togetherness dominate Tramp, rolling through every track like a sick, creeping fog.


Tramp is confirmation that Van Etten is a singular talent in the singer-songwriter world, a voice that commands attention through sheer power and the subtle impact of her words.

Under The Radar

Tramp ups the game on both fronts—her songs have a newfound bravado, and her crushing heartache has become tempered with acceptance and understanding.

NOW Magazine
Sometimes the lack of definition and the deluge of words grow tedious, but in these songs, all lushly arranged, as is the entire album, the effect is nothing short of riveting.
Dec 12, 2017
Worth a listen
Jan 7, 2017
Still a good album for wallowing, though not as single-minded as "Are We There," and some excellent songwriting either way. Sharon Van Etten is probably one of the more compelling vocalists in indie music right now. While her lyrics are strong, it's the melodies that encapsulate the lyrical content and her emotive delivery that really make the songs stand out.
Oct 15, 2015
With Epic, Sharon Van Etten introduced the full band to her compositions, and on Tramp, she takes the concept even further, with some varied instrumentation rolling around the tracklisting and a wider sense of space being trasmitted to the listener. Sharon's lyrics continue to show a lot of emotion and maturity, even though these are not exactly the less explored themes in music history, but mixed with her amazing vocals and passionate performances, the results end up being very satisfying. One ... read more
Sep 21, 2014
indie rock album, great vocals, interesting lyrics, good guitaring but the melodies are not very memorable, the next solo album she released (Are We There) is superior, imo
May 20, 2013
Infinite beauty, her voice fill every space between your thoughts and you heart, perfect lyrism and strong instrumentation. A perfect album, in every word, in every note, in every second, in avery all.
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Added on: November 23, 2011