Sharon Van Etten, “Taking Chances”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 03.04.14 in Listen to This

The lead single from Sharon Van Etten’s gorgeous forthcoming new record, “Taking Chances” slithers snakelike from its tense beginning to its surging, stormy chorus. Van Etten’s voice feels full of portent, dark and heavy, singing each line like it’s a grim warning from someone who’s glimpsed the other side and knows what’s there is threatening. It’s a marvelously mysterious first volley.