Sharon Van Etten made her return to Dublin in Vicar Street last night, touring her brand new album Remind Me Tomorrow. The Last Mixed Tape was there to cover the event.
Walking onto a smoke-filled stage as the brooding synth bedrock of ‘Jupiter 4’ stretched out across a Sold-Out Vicar Street last night, Sharon Van Etten’s return was like a dream. Mirroring her new album Remind Me Tomorrow, Van Etten and her band were about to weave a story around the Dublin crowd.
Indeed, Sharon Van Etten created a defined thematic set-list that served as a statement of who and where she is right now. Through the powerful punctuated beat choruses of ‘Comeback Kid’, the expansive slow-burning soundscapes of ‘Malibu’ and the dynamically all-encompassing feel of ‘Hands’, Van Etten was able to instill a sonic narrative to the show that ebbed and flowed as she, in turn, pushed herself outward both vocally and in her stage presence.
Knowhere was this better seen on the night than during a roof-raising rendition of Remind Me Tomorrow’s lead single ‘Seventeen’, wherein Van Etten somehow made the bustling Vicar Street crowd-size seem intimate as she delivered a powerhouse vocal right into the eyes of an audience member, further conveying the heartfelt emotional backbone of the parent album.
While last night’s show was most definitely about the journey to and from Remind Me Tomorrow, Sharon Van Etten blended songs from her back catalogue into the setlist’s cohesive thread like the beautiful breakthrough ballad ‘Every Time The Sun Comes Up’ and even the gentle repose of the Sinead O’Connor stand-out ‘Black Boys On Mopeds’. All which fit easily into the show’s overall milieu.
The Comeback Kid indeed, Sharon Van Etten returned to Dublin last night with a sense of artistic triumphant and inspiration. It is always exciting when an act brings their live tour supporting an album that means so much to them, either musically or emotionally, such was the case with Van Etten’s Vicar Street headliner. Powerful, impactful and vital, Sharon Van Etten is at the height of her powers right now, and Dublin was just the latest city to witness it.
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