Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten explodes bad love on “Your Love Is Killing Me”

Her new album's best song yet is a trenchant love-as-murder ballad.

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- May 15, 2014

Sharon Van Etten outlining an assortment of pyrrhic victories on the hook of  "Your Love Is Killing Me": "Break my legs so I won't walk to you/Cut my tongue so I can't talk to you," etc. Her self-portrait on "Every Time The Sun Comes Up" found a bitter smile in the gap between self-image and reality. In comparison, here's a track that's composed from the point of no return.

The raised stakes makes Van Etten's voice that much more powerful, aware of its compromised vitality. What makes it a great love song is that the chief conflict comes from herself. Her pain's source is almost incidental to the battles she's waging within, the ones she can't escape with a deleted phone number or a move to a different city. The pin's out of the grenade and pressed against the heart that's fueling this poisonous love, her eyes looking through it and towards oblivion.

Sharon Van Etten's new album Are We There is out May 27 via Jagjaguwarpre-order it here

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