Concert Review: Sharon Van Etten, November 5, Lee’s Palace

Toronto – if I was writing a year end article about the most charming on stage performers, I’m pretty Sharon Van Etten would be at the top of the list. The singer from Jersey easily won over the semi packed crowd at Lee’s Palace with her laid back and humble personality. I could easily write a few paragraphs about her interactions with the crowd but I won’t. There was, however, a particularly hilarious dedication to a man in the front row who had recognized her “I can’t. believe you know who I am!” she says to the crowd.

Opening for Junip, Sharon Van Etten gave a good sample as to why media outlets like Pitchfork are going balls to the wall for her material. I had previously labeled Sharon as another singer songwriter type with that soulful yet singular sound that while good, sounded samey when compared with other similar artists. However, the live show definitely showed Sharon’s versatility as a musician, switching from folky quiet numbers to rock/shouting ones to beautifully arranged ones. It was very impressive. I haven’t listened to her new record epic yet but if the set is any indication, I’m sure the album is pretty good. A fan requested song – Consolation prize finished the splendid set.

All in all, very impressive opening act. I am thinking it’s just a matter of time before more people will know who Sharon Van Etten is.

Sharon Van Etten – Love More by Henry Coachella

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