Maybe I’m imagining things, but I feel there is a level of clarity and strength in Sharon Van Etten’s voice on here new singles “Taking Chances” and now on “Every Time The Sun Comes Up” that I haven’t heard from her before. It could be the enhanced, unclouded production or just the fact that Van Etten has grown as a vocalist since her wonderful last album Tramp, but witch ever way, I find a lot of pleasure in her new songs. Her waltz-y Nasville bent croons on “Every Time The Sun Comes” continues to shy away from the fleshier, riffier tracks of Tramp, while it also takes a firmer grip on the more tender side of her music compared to the – relatively speaking – less pastoral and r&B iched “Taking Chances”.
“Every Time The Sun Comes Up” is – especially during the second verse – full of endearing and wonderful badass lines like; “People say I’m a one hit wonder / but what happens when I have two” and “I washed your dishes / but I shit in your bathroom”. This is Van Etten throwing curveballs at us and constantly revealing new sides to her already nimble craft. Her new album is titled Are We There and is out May 27 via Jagjaguwar.