In this week’s NME, you’ll spot a 9/10 review of ‘Tramp’, by Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten. I reviewed the record, and it took a great deal of self-restraint not to slap a 10/10 stamp on it and just write the word “AMAZING” 320 times – it’s my album of the year so far by a country mile.


Tempting as that was, it’d be doing Van Etten a disservice not to explore the nuances in a record that’s cathartic, but empowered, and which should finally (this is her third album, though her first for Jagjaguwar) win her the recognition that she rightfully deserves.

Listen for yourself here, and let us know what you think.