Are We There - Sharon Van Etten
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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the singer-songwriter was self-produced.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 100
    While Are We There can be taxing at points, by its end, you’ll be overcome by the feeling that you’ve shared in something profound.
  2. May 27, 2014
    Are We There offers an artist in full command of her voice and her instrument, a woman who knows exactly what she wants to offer listeners and who isn’t afraid to accompany the barest streaks of sunlight with thousands of clouds.
  3. May 22, 2014
    Are We There's subtler songs point to a painfully well-honed understanding of what drives and degrades long-term love. [Jun 2014, p.70]
  4. May 23, 2014
    Discernible throughout Are We There is the sense that she is operating with more levity and confidence than ever before, and a song that ends with a joke, a studio outtake and the sound of laughter is the perfect way to see it out.
  5. May 29, 2014
    A richly rewarding set from a songwriter growing with each release.
  6. May 27, 2014
    For a wallow in obsessive love, it’s hard to top “Your Love Is Killing Me” on Sharon Van Etten’s fourth album, Are We There.
  7. May 22, 2014
    Van Etten's melodies often feel as if they're not quite taking flight, and rarely cause you to catch your breath the way her lyrics do.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 28, 2014
    Short, smart, moving, relaxing, it's everything you expected to be, with amazing lyrics and a calming rhythm, this album succeeded in delivering us a masterpiece. Expand
  2. Jul 29, 2014
    Felt like a breeze. Great music, and the best thing about it is that it makes plenty of room for Sharon's beautiful voice, commanding vocal performance, and the wonderful lyrics. Expand
  3. Aug 3, 2014
    Disappointing, sadly, in my opinion. I do appreciate the instrumental choices and her lyrics are brilliant, but I find the songwriting to be lackluster and a bit dull. Needs a bit more kick to get me fully invested. Expand
  4. Jun 26, 2014
    There are none of the knockout songs that were on her previous albums. The pace is maddening slow, and the production is overdone. I'd like to hear some of these live with her and a guitar.


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