Review: Remind Me Tomorrow by Sharon Van Etten

Remind Me Tomorrow by Sharon Van EttenA lot has happened since Sharon Van Etten released her last album, 2014’s Are We There. She studied, she became an actress, she started a family. All throughout, she would say, she thought she could put music in the back burner, until it started coming back, bit by bit; the culmination is an album that’s somewhat different from what came before, and yet feels much more essential. Remind Me Tomorrow has a different sonic palette; the guitars have been minimized in favor of an almost daunting atmospheric feel. But it’s a trick, as the songs in this record feel as welcoming as ever, even if Sharon seems to turn even further inward, reveling in her thoughts while we pondered what we knew she was thinking then. The result is an album that is starker – the synths, assisted by producer John Congleton, is menacing without spelling it out – and more personal, but with an empathy that keeps you going. It’s aggressive but it’s soothing, or something like that. It’s a bit difficult to put your finger on, but still, Remind Me Tomorrow feels more essential. When they say it’s Sharon’s best work, well, they’re on to something. [NB] | 4/5

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