An impressively large number of the most personally thrilling musical moments I've experienced over the past couple years have been due to Sharon Van Etten. The New York songwriter just gets it right
: Her music is wholly, rewardingly moving without being cloying. Her songs—like those on her newest album, Tramp
—skillfully explore the raw, dangerous edges of those battered-heart and frayed-nerve emotional landscapes you'll find in most pop songs. But in the end, Van Etten finds hope and catharsis inside those familiar chords. She's also a masterful live performer, fully in command of her gifts but never precious about them. Sharon Van Etten possesses the kind of talent that leaves me awestruck, dumbfounded—other than to say, simply: Go
. Go see this show. NED LANNAMANN Also see My, What a Busy Week!