Just Call it a Comeback: Sharon Van Etten’s Remind Me Tomorrow

An Album Review by MJ. Catch her on-air every Tuesday from 1 PM – 2 PM on Revolution 91.7.

2019 has seen Americans dishing on  super moons, government shutdowns and Jordyn Woods, but the indie underground is steady streaming perhaps the biggest news this year has delivered yet—the release of Remind Me Tomorrow, the fifth full-length studio album release from the folk goddess herself, Sharon Van Etten.

While Van Etten bowed out of the spotlight for a time after 2015`s Are We There Yet, in the four years since her last album Van Etten has graced Netflix super natural thriller The OA, returned to college in pursuit of a psychcology degree, and gave birth to her first child.

But if you really want to know what she’s been up to, she dishes all in her most optimal album to date.

Van Etten’s fans have always regarded her for her atmospheric harmonies and poetically sultry pianos, and the new sound is a sexy as ever. Remind Me Tomorrow delivers all of the elements that hooked fans, with a freshly grated sprinkle of synthesizers and organs that adds a pop feel to songs like “Comeback Kid,” the first single.

Lines like “Yeah I’m the runaway / I’m the hardly stay / Let me slip away,” suggest a once hard-to-pin-down gal might be considering commitment, tying perfectly into the album’s theme. The 39-year-old is clearly comfortably in love, and this album depicts that in a way that’ll make ya want to do a little shimmy in the kitchen in your underwear, while you’re waiting for your bagel bites to cool.

“Jupiter 4” is eerily romantic, proclaiming “our love is for real” and giving listeners all the feels of euphoria felt in the arms of a secure relationship. It’s total “this is going to last a lifetime” vibes.

It awakens your 18-year-old self and inspires memories of creeping softly for a late night bathroom break, in an attempt to not wake your snoring partner. It leaves you aching for THAT all over again. Word on the street is that John Congleton produces this masterpiece, the same genius behind Phases by Angel Olsen, slanging a progressiveness that’s nothing if not stunning.

An open letter to New York City, “Seventeen,” is a sultry dance setup served with a side of Cindi Lauper-like chills. “Downtown hot spot / Halfway up the street / I used to be free / I used to be seventeen” signifies a tunnel back in time, reminiscing of both freedom and growing pains throughout innocent days.

“I see you so uncomfortably alone / I wish I could show you how much you’ve grown,” Van Etten piercingly trills. If life is like riding a train backwards,  so that only what’s behind us is visible, this tracks gives an all-knowing depiction that only a spiritual guru could match.

Remind Me Tomorrow is Sharon Van Ettens most tantalizing album yet, raw yet polished. She gets her grown woman on in a raw and sassy  storytelling mode with relatable insights into where she has been , where she is, and where she is going. Perhaps time has made my heart fonder, but maybe, just maybe, she truly is the ultimate comeback kid.

2019 Men’s & Women’s C-USA Championships Recap: Quarterfinals

Representatives from RedZone Radio made it out to Texas to cover the Men’s and Women’s C-USA Championship Quarterfinals. Here’s the round-up, presented by John Alden.

Women:

The Lady Toppers got things started off on the right foot for WKU as they defeated 5-seed Old Dominion to earn a spot in the semifinals on Friday. The Tops received outstanding performances from Whitney Creech and Raneem Elgedawy, both of which notched a double-double on the day.

“The key I felt like going in was that we were really gonna have to attack the rim,” Coach Greg Collins stated.

Creech was particularly impressed by her team’s ability to attack in transition.

“I think this was one of our better games in transition,” Creech stated. “We were very successful in getting the ball out quick, pushing it, and getting easy layups.”

Coach Collins knows tomorrow’s matchup against the top-seeded Rice Owls will be difficult, but he believes his team is up for the challenge.

“They (Rice) change the way you play because of how they play,” Coach stated. “But we’re excited about the opportunity to play them for a chance to advance to the championship.”

The Lady Toppers will continue their trek to another C-USA Tournament title tomorrow evening when they face Rice at 5:30pm (CT). The game will be broadcast live on WKU’s PBS station as well as the Stadium streaming network.

Men:

WKU Men’s Basketball capped off the day with a strong performance on both ends of the floor, coming away with a 67-51 victory against the North Texas Mean Green to secure a spot in the semifinals on Friday. Taveion Hollingsworth led all scorers during the game with 19 points.

Coach Rick Stansbury knew it was important to get off to a hot start against a North Texas team that was riding momentum coming into the game.

“It’s always good when you can do that,” Coach stated. “It gives you a lot of confidence particularly in your first game.”

Taveion Hollingsworth understands the importance of finishing games and refusing to give up big leads in late game situations.

“We’ve been in multiple situations like that,” Hollingsworth stated. “Teams are gonna go on runs, and you gotta find ways to get around that.”

Stansbury knows the quick turnaround tomorrow can’t affect the performance of his team, especially because their opponent will have to deal with it as well.

“Whatever it is, that team playing out there, they gotta play under the same circumstances that we have to play,” Coach stated. “You know everybody’s playing you-lose-you-go-home. A lot of urgency right now.”

The Hilltoppers will have a shot at earning a trip to the C-USA Championship game tomorrow afternoon when they take on Southern Miss 3:00pm (CT). The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.