the shape the Earth was is ‘still to be discovered’
Sharon Van Etten is at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Friday
Experience the distinctive, sultry vocals of seven-time GRAMMY winner
Later she had two sons with musician Keri Lewis, and her youngest was diagnosed with autism, and this is where everything turns foolish as she writes: ‘Is God punishing me for that abortion?’… ‘(I) believed that God’s payback was to give my son autism.’
The album is an exercise in old forms that stand up well today, two voices together and apart fretting over a relationship ending, apparently because of his infidelity. Given Babyface’s adeptness at everything from funk (Bootsy Collins gave him the nickname) to New Jack, even at its liveliest this is a mid-tempo affair
The Haden Triplets harmony self named debut album, produced by no less a figure than Ry Cooder wins pride of place while Toni Braxton comes in second. The sisters sound lovely and Babyface still has the chops to write good slow jamz for Toni just like back in the day
The top four are all singles which is something a little different for me. Not sure if it is a reflection of the overall weakness of album releases or just a simple chance happening. That Lana cover gives darkness whole new levels of meaning.
The Haden Triplets – The Haden Triplets – Expert back up singers for decades, Jack White got them in the studio for this album of Americana folk songs in very close harmony. The great Ry Cooder produced and this is an album of extreme beauty echoing roots early country – ALBUM OF THE WEEK – B+