The intimate upstairs of the Columbus Theatre seats just 200 people. Little surprise then that Sharon Van Etten took the stage to an salivating sold-out audience. Van Etten played Providence before, but you’d be forgiven if you missed it. She played a house show with locally-based Orion at the home of Alec K. Redfearn some five years ago.
Since then, things have changed a bit and there was reason to celebrate, chiefly the release of her new record Are We There.
The album, her fourth, adds to the artists’ catalog of evocative, emotional and outright excellent songs. Her voice appears at once assured but always with a tender touch.
Combined with subtle surety in her lyrics, Van Etten stands out as a bright star in the crowded singer-songwriter constellation. With tight harmonies and talented musicians behind her, Van Etten also makes for a captivating live show.
“Afraid of Nothing”
“Don’t Do It”
“Nothing wil Change”
“You Know Me Well”
“Your Love is Killing Me”
"I Love You But I’m Lost"
“Everytime the Sun Comes Up”