All the feelings
From self-releasing multiple EPs and albums over the years to the release of a much-anticipated album, Sharon Van Etten has covered a lot of ground since 2005. With the release of Remind Me Tomorrow, Van Etten works to address a multitude of topics in her very busy life as a singer-songwriter, actress and mother.
Remind Me Tomorrow kicks off on more of a haunting or melancholy note that makes it a little difficult to really navigate where the album might be going for the next nine songs. While this track feels a little too slow at times to be the opening track, it does a great job of highlighting Van Etten’s vocal talent, which is beautifully supported by the dramatic nature of the instruments.
Unlike most albums that take a few tracks before switching the entire vibe up, “No One’s Easy to Love” is only second on the album and it sounds entirely different from the opening track. The distorted bass line paired with the airiness of Van Etten’s vocals on the chorus makes for somewhat of a nostalgic ‘90s vibe. While this track sounds completely different from the opening track, it still does a good job of highlighting the unique talent of Van Etten’s vocal ability.
“Jupiter 4” comes into play halfway through the album and it beckons back to the haunting feeling the opening track gave off. However, this track has so many layers to the instrumentals throughout that it’s definitely one of the more interesting tracks to listen to on the album. There’s something futuristic about this track that gets stuck in your head and makes you want to continue listening to it.
“You Shadow” has one of the best starts to a track on Remind Me Tomorrow because it catches the listener off guard and gets off to an exciting foot early on. The piano ballad side of the composition is reminiscent of Elton John, which obviously leads to somewhat of a grand feeling throughout the entirety of the chorus.
The album wraps up on a similar note that it started on but this time, instead it possesses a slightly more upbeat chorus that takes it to another level. After listening from start to finish, it could be argued that the album has a much stronger finish than it did a beginning. The slower vibe fits much better at the end of the album as a way of tying everything up. “Stay” does a great job of indicating the album is over while leaving the listener satisfied with what they just listened to.