I’ve been listening to the latest Sharon Van Etten album Remind Me Tomorrow since its release but I didn’t want to put down my thoughts until I’d seen her live. Spoilers – she was fantastic.

The Gig

Manchester’s Albert Hall was the venue, not to be confused with the one in London, which Sharon (or ‘Shazza’ as the audience reminded her) confessed a fan had mistakenly thought they were buying tickets for.

Coming out to new tracks Jupiter 4 followed by Comeback Kid, I was a little worried the set would be top heavy. I needn’t have as the energy flowed throughout. So much so that when she performed (in my opinion) her breakout track Seventeen later on, I was surprised how much time had passed. A mark of a good show in my book.

Sharon Van Etten at the Albert Hall in Manchester
Sharon Van Etten at the Albert Hall in Manchester

On a side note I was a little gutted she didn’t play Your Love is Killing Me, which is probably my favourite song. It didn’t hurt the set at all, but I know I wasn’t the only one crossing my fingers for it as someone in the audience audibly pleaded ‘Shazza’ for it at the encore.

The Setlist

  1. Jupiter 4
  2. Comeback Kid
  3. No One’s Easy to Love
  4. One Day
  5. Tarifa
  6. Memorial Day
  7. You Shadow
  8. Malibu
  9. Hands
  10. Black Boys on Mopeds (a Sinéad O’Connor cover)
  11. Seventeen
  12. Every Time the Sun Comes Up
  13. Stay

The Album

For me, the album itself takes a little bit more of an electronic, more poppy influence than its predecessor Are We There. I was a big fan of that album at the time, having saw her on Jools Holland one night and was totally captivated by her emotional performance.

That kind of move reminded me a little of Bat for lashes who to me similarly slightly moved away from her folk-indie style on Two Suns to more of a synth-pop style on The Haunted Man (both albums I really like too).

The tracks Comeback Kid and Seventeen are the big hitters on the album for me. I always talk about ‘anchors’ on albums that are certain tracks you’re initially really into. If you’re good (or patient), you’ll play the album from start to finish awaiting those tracks, then start to dig into and appreciate the others that have a less immediate surface.

Such a track is No One’s Easy to Love. Sharon’s vocals are just beautiful on this. It’s a damn shame I just can’t shake that it kind of reminds me of the Smashing Pumpkins track Adore, mainly because of the similar intro.

Jupiter 4 (named after the Roland Jupiter-4 synth, as I understand Sharon used it to demo a lot of the songs on the album) has such an eerie feel to it. Every time I hear it, I imagine I’ve stumbled onto a late night film about ghost lovers influenced by the book Wuthering Heights (I told you I don’t review like others).

Anyway, I’ve went on far too long. Great show and great album. Recommended!

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