Shakey Time bloggers been in hiding away, just waiting for something to come and bowl us over. The problem was, nothing ever seemed worthy of writing more than a couple of sentences about – until now!
On a recent trip to Rough Trade, the new Sharon Van Etten record was recommended to me by a shelf that held it up. The shelf told me it’d be like hearing Elliott Smith or Cat Power for the first time, and then told me if I took £12.99 to the checkout, a lovely woman behind the counter might let me go home and find out for myself. So of course, I did.
And you know what? That bloody shelf (or at least the label on in) was right. The album, entitled Because I Was In Love, is a brittle collection of eleven heart on sleeve-tear in eye type songs that have the ability to stop time.
Sharon’s voice is perfect for late nights and there’s a real poignancy that translates perfectly on tracks like ‘I wish I knew’. Don’t be confused by my waffle though, this isn’t a record to slit your wrists to or pander for the ones that got away by; it’s a record that’s full of as much gusto and real courage as it is sentimentality.
So – if you only let one record soundtrack your winter, let it be this one. You might have to wait six more months for another recommendation if you don’t.*
*This is a lie – Shakey Times is officially ‘back’ to its hyperactive posting days of old. At long last.