Song Up In Her Head
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Song Up In Her Head

June 16, 2009

  Song Title
Song Up In Her Head
Edge Of A Dream
Tell Me True
I Can't Love You Now
Broussard's Lament
Fischer Store Road
Left Home
Shankill Butchers
Can't Hide
Long Journey
Come On Up To The House
Little Song

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  • Original Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company
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  • Total Length: 45:20
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  • ASIN: B002BAX76G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,848 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Jarosz is curing my Nickel Creek withdrawal June 26, 2009
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I found out about this album by being on the Sugar Hill Records mailing list and bought it three days ago. The songs have been "up in my head" ever since. This is a post-newgrass album, with acoustic instruments paying tribute to but never being constrained by bluegrass and folk/roots tradition. The album is as musically complex and precise as Nickel Creek was, which makes it a really smart record to listen to and stands in tribute to Jarosz' skills as a songwriter.

But what has the album stuck in my head and on repeat on my mp3 player is her beautiful singing voice. Such amazing control of her pitch, with almost no trace of vibrato, and somehow she makes it seem effortless. It's a deep, rich alto that reminds me at various moments of Fiona Apple, Melissa Swingle (Trailer Bride, The Moaners) and Karen Peris (Innocence Mission).

Her personal backstory -- being barely out of high school -- is fun and inspiring, but if someone played this album for you without telling you, you'd never know. Though her lyrics have the optimism and centeredness of youth, her voice sounds layered with 10 years of adulthood.

Come to Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, Ms. Jarosz, and I'll be in the front row. This is great work, and I look forward to your next albums.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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I'm at a slight loss for words in trying to describe the rather alluring music on this album; to my ears, it has quite an unusual sound - but I'm not sure whether this is because it IS unusual, or simply because I don't listen to this type of music very frequently. The music is a refreshing mix of contemporary folk, 'newgrass', blues and pop.

I'd describe SJ's voice as a 'bluesy-folksy' alto, and she employs a mature phrasing and delivery which belies her tender age (it's difficult to believe that she was only 17 when the album was recorded). She is not an especially powerful singer, and there are some odd occasions when her vocals tend to blur into the instrumental accompaniment. The playing, including that of SJ herself, is mighty impressive - fluent, vibrant, delicate and sometimes intricate, both as solo and as ensemble playing. Instruments featured most prominently are banjo, fiddle, and mandolin; other instruments played include cello, guitars (acoustic, Weissenborn slide, National resonator, dobro and pedal steel) and keyboards (piano and synths); bass is acoustic, and percussion is played on 3 tracks only. The album is 'semi-instrumental' - i.e. vocals and instrumentals are shared about 50/50 on many songs, and there are 2 all instrumental tracks.

There are 11 songs written by SJ plus 2 covers. Her own songs tend not to conform to the more usual verse/chorus/bridge patterns; instead, it strikes me that she writes from the perspective of a musician/song-arranger - at least, more so than that of a 'conventional' singer-songwriter.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jarosz is the Tim O'Brien of her generation January 26, 2010
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Sarah Jarosz is not what you might expect. She is a prodigy in a genre that appeals to child prodigies. A child prodigy's first bluegrass album tends to be a flashy demonstration of instrumental skill with relatively ordinary compositions and arrangements. Jarosz is as un-flashy a player as you are likely to hear. She rarely cuts loose with a jaw-dropping display of instrumental skill, preferring a minimalist approach. The arrangements, too, are stripped-down, allowing the listener to appreciate the subtle interplay between just a few sympathetic musicians. The compositions themselves are far more advanced than what most musicians several times Jarosz's age can write, combining old-time, Celtic and blues with distinctly modern rhythms. Most surprising, though, is Jarosz's voice. Most kids show their age when they sing. Personally, I am not a fan of overly-clean singing voices, particularly in bluegrass, and most young women Jarosz's age who sing have saccharine voices. I will use an "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" comparison because I expect that most readers will get the reference: Jarosz is far closer to Gillian Welch (one of my favorite musicians of all time) than to Alison Krauss (another former child prodigy). Her voice is a bit lower than most female singers (particularly her age), and has just the right amount of weather-beaten quality that a bluegrass singer needs. She also eschews the excessive vibrato that some young and gifted singers fall into the pit of using. In short, Jarosz is the most promising young bluegrass musician to arrive on the scene in years.

There is an obvious temptation to compare Jarosz to Nickel Creek, a group of child prodigies with progressive bluegrass sensibilities.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing. June 16, 2009
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I heard Sarah Jarosz interviewed in NPR and couldn't wait until I could download her album today. Somewhere I heard her referred to as a "wunderkind" -- and I hope and believe she achieve great commercial success with her albums. I think her talent and ambition reflects a huge success already achieved.

Her mastery of musical instruments is amazing -- I can't wait to see how she grows as her skills evolve. But then her voice! It's kind of understated, mature yet not overly sophisticated, so it complements and is complemented by the mandolin/banjo/guitar. Her voice also surprises. You will just have to listen to see what I mean.

I haven't been this excited about an artist in a long time! Sarah is someone very special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise
I didn't expect much and bought this on a recommendation. But the singing and songs won me over quite quickly. Read more
Published 21 days ago by PorcoBoyo
1.0 out of 5 stars good music, bad playback program
The Music Is Fine. It's Great In Fact, but I can't import it into my Itunes program. The help Menu for amazon Is Useless. Read more
Published 1 month ago by STEVE RAYMER
5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah is Amazingly Talented and Perfomrs with top notch talent
Sarah is young, but she is talented far beyond what you might expect. She and the other musicians she plays with are 'world class' and that level of professionalism and dedication... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jimbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Voice
Sarah Jarosz is a good music artist. She is definitely worth listening to. Good condition and timely delivery. I look forward to more of her musicl
Published 3 months ago by Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem to treasure
Music this good is hard to come by. Jarosz is so beautifully talented and unique. This music will bring to you nothing but sheer enjoyment.
Published 3 months ago by Fitbody&mind4life
4.0 out of 5 stars Good voice, great instrumentals
I downloaded because I had found her version of " Come on up to the house" on YouTube. I have listened to the entire album once and will have to give it a closer listen... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Arthur N. Mayers
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Sarah!!
Beautiful. I love this artist and await further releases from her. Out of her three CD's I still put this one at the top.
Published 4 months ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done
Great young up and coming artist. Very pure. Great album. I expect we'll see much more from Sarah Jarosz. Many more years of listening pleasure to come.
Published 5 months ago by Thomas K Crosby
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding country music
Beautiful voice and beautiful melody that goes out of the way of traditional country music. One song after the other, each one is worth to listen again and again.
Published 5 months ago by Jingke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I won't write a long review since other people thoroughly discussed this product, but I will say that this is one of the few albums I've ever had on which I have liked every song.
Published 6 months ago by Matt
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