Are We There

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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
    91
    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
    90
    Are We There is one of those rare albums when you stop listening to the music as simply a combination of chords, melodies and carefully constructed instrumentation, but as essential, emotional communication from one person to another.
  4. May 23, 2014
    80
    Are We There cuts deep into the skin of its creator and finds Van Etten more exposed than ever.
  5. May 29, 2014
    80
    A richly rewarding set from a songwriter growing with each release.
  6. May 27, 2014
    80
    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
    60
    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: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Mar 23, 2015
    10
    Songs like "Your Love is Killing Me" and "Afraid of Nothing", reinforce the acclaim this masterpiece absolutely deserves. This erie album hasSongs like "Your Love is Killing Me" and "Afraid of Nothing", reinforce the acclaim this masterpiece absolutely deserves. This erie album has the best songs to sit to alone on a rainy day or take a long drive out into the countryside. Beautifully written and Sharon's vocals sound better than ever. Expand
  2. May 28, 2014
    10
    Short, smart, moving, relaxing, it's everything you expected to be, with amazing lyrics and a calming rhythm, this album succeeded inShort, 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
  3. Nov 30, 2014
    10
    Wanted to award 9.5 as if there is anything to complain about this album is it feels too short. SVE is one of the best female/musical artistsWanted to award 9.5 as if there is anything to complain about this album is it feels too short. SVE is one of the best female/musical artists of our generation IMHO. This album is worthy of album 2014 for my ears.

    Overall I love Sharon Van Etten and I think she loves my ears back! X
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  4. Jul 29, 2014
    9
    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 vocalFelt 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
  5. Aug 3, 2014
    5
    Disappointing, sadly, in my opinion. I do appreciate the instrumental choices and her lyrics are brilliant, but I find the songwriting to beDisappointing, 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
  6. Jun 26, 2014
    3
    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 likeThere 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.

    Disappointed.
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