Sharon Van Etten :: Are We There

"You told me the day / that you show me your face / we'd be in trouble for a long time. / I can't wait / 'til we're afraid / of nothing." This is how Sharon Van Etten opens her fourth album - with people who are afraid of revealing themselves. When Van Etten sings later in the song that her counterpart responds to her with a meek "wait shit out," she replies "you're a little late. / I need you / to be afraid of nothing."

It's a brilliant set of lines. On the one hand, Van Etten seems . . .

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