Tramp (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 7, 2012
RecordedAaron Dessner's garage studio,[1] New York City
GenreIndie folk
ProducerSharon Van Etten
Aaron Dessner
Sharon Van Etten chronology
Are We There

Tramp is the third album by American singer–songwriter Sharon Van Etten, released on February 7, 2012.[2]

For the recording, Sharon collaborated with Zach Condon, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, Julianna Barwick, Walkmen's Matt Barrick, Thomas Bartlett, and Aaron Dessner.[3] Dessner also produced the album and provided the studio.[2]

The first track to be released as a single was "Serpents",[4] featuring Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Barwick, Wasner, and Bartlett.[5]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[7]
The A.V. ClubB+[8]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[9]
Mojo4/5 stars[10]
The Observer4/5 stars[12]
Q4/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[15]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Tramp received an average score of 81, based on 31 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[6] Reviewer Thom Jurek of AllMusic said that although the album contained "great beauty", Van Etten "skirts the edges of giving us a great album without actually delivering one" and noted that "Tramp doesn't quite fulfill its considerable promise."[7]

Tramp debuted at number 75 on the Billboard 200.[17]

The album was listed 42nd on Stereogum's list of top 50 albums of 2012.[18]

Track listing[edit]

2."Give Out"4:21
6."In Line"4:46
7."All I Can"4:56
8."We Are Fine"3:51
9."Magic Chords"3:58
11."I'm Wrong"3:57
12."Joke or a Lie"4:02


  1. ^ Sharon Van Etten Tramp Review by BBC
  2. ^ a b SHARON VAN ETTEN | Tramp at Jagjaguwar's page.
  3. ^ Traynor, Cian (March 20, 2012). "Blindsided By Love: Sharon Van Etten Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  4. ^ First Listen: Sharon Van Etten, 'Tramp'. Review at NPR
  5. ^ New Sharon Van Etten: "Serpents" at Pitchfork Media
  6. ^ a b "Reviews for Tramp by Sharon Van Etten". Metacritic. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Tramp – Sharon Van Etten". AllMusic. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  8. ^ Hyden, Steven (February 7, 2012). "Sharon Van Etten: Tramp". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  9. ^ Wood, Mikael (February 6, 2012). "Album Review: Sharon Van Etten's 'Tramp'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "Sharon Van Etten: Tramp". Mojo (220): 98. March 2012.
  11. ^ Snapes, Laura (February 10, 2012). "Sharon Van Etten – 'Tramp'". NME. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  12. ^ Empire, Kitty (February 5, 2012). "Tramp: Sharon Van Etten – review". The Observer. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  13. ^ Maddux, Rachael (January 31, 2012). "Sharon Van Etten: Tramp". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  14. ^ "Sharon Van Etten: Tramp". Q (308): 113. March 2012.
  15. ^ Gross, Joe (February 7, 2012). "Tramp". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  16. ^ Suarez, Jessica (February 7, 2012). "Sharon Van Etten, 'Tramp' (Jagjaguwar)". Spin. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
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