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Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

Especially on the lead single “Serpents,” Sharon Van Etten sounds a bit like the National. No coincidence, since Aaron Dessner produced Tramp, her third album. I wouldn’t say this album has quite made it to The National’s level, since its folky, somewhat country-esque quality makes a lot of the tracks blend together in my head. But sometimes you’re looking for a consistent album, and I’ll be damned if this isn’t consistent. She has a knack for songwriting and a beautiful voice, and you can really feel the tenderness throughout Tramp. Not an album I thought I’d still be thinking about in December, Tramp‘s definitely one that will stick with you, if you give it a chance.

Favorite Tracks: “Warsaw,” “Serpents,” “Leonard”