🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Sharon Van Etten

Chosen at random last time by @Steved, and coincidentally as it’s international women’s day, an international woman!

Moby goes in low:

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Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57

Today then;

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

0 voters

  • Because I Was In Love
  • Epic
  • Tramp
  • Are We There
  • Remind Me Tomorrow

0 voters

  • Much More Than That
  • One Day
  • I’m Giving Up On You
  • Serpents
  • Leonard
  • Give Out
  • Magic Chords
  • We Are Fine
  • Taking Chances
  • Our Love
  • Every Time The Sun Comes Up
  • Nothing Will Change
  • I Don’t Want To Let You Down
  • Not Myself
  • Comeback Kid
  • Seventeen
  • Beaten Down

0 voters

Only know the last album but it really grew into a fave over that year.

Gone with a 4 in part for her work on the OA too

3/5 - 3 great singles, 4 average albums. Will check out any future releases, think she has the potential for a good or great album.

First few albums are great but really don’t like the latest. Fantastic live

Great big 5

6 Likes

Tramp and Are We There are absolute classics. She’s an incredible live performer and great songwriter. Big five from ya boy.

3 Likes

Big 5 here too. Incredible live. Tramp was one of the best albums of the 2010s.

2 Likes

Find her output a bit frustrating.

First album is fine but fairly generic; thought she really found her voice with Epic and it is a really strong album. Tramp then repeats the trick but stretches the sound a bit thin, still decent though. Are We There I find really frustrating as it has a couple of great songs but a fair bit of mediocrity and some awful stuff imo. Last album I didn’t bother with as the singles just weren’t for me.

So just Epic and a handful of other songs for me really. 3/5.

Definite 5. Find something to love on every album and generally more than something.

That Glastonbury set was very good:

Probably a 4

8 Likes

It’s a 5 from me. Never seen her live and really need to rectify that.

3 Likes

Song of 2019 for me BUT I’ve never listened to her previous albums. 3/5

I’ve gone with a four. Probably a fraction generous, but a 3 seems too low. There are moments across her earlier albums that are sublime, but I’ve always found them to be a little inconsistent. Not quite enough to hold my attention throughout the whole thing, but the latest is brilliant. Definitely her most consistent album and I can’t wait to hear where she goes next.

Not seen her live, but did watch that Glastonbury performance on the telly, and it was amazing.

The Sinead O’Connor was jaw-droppingly good.

She was on before Low and was genuinely a bit emotional about it too. Good egg

Serpents is one of my favourite songs of the last decade by anyone. Unfortunately nothing else has quite struck me as hard as that, but there are a few other tracks I really like. May stick the last album on this afternoon and see if anything takes me.

4

think i’m gonna go with a 4, when she’s good she’s amazing but she still feels a bit inconsistent across a whole album

this tune is a cracker

9 Likes

Sad banger

3 Likes

5 - because when I see her live I almost always end up with “something in my eye”.