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Proof that the future of music itself is certain to be full of virtuosity, passion, integrity, deep beauty, and soul. -- Abigail Washburn
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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.
There is an obvious temptation to compare Jarosz to Nickel Creek, a group of child prodigies with progressive bluegrass sensibilities.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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 stars for the musicianship and lovely instruments. But only 3 stars for her singing, which sounds a bit flat or lacking in dynamics (she needs to discover a vibrato effect... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sui Juris
Outstanding! What more can I say. The arrangements, instrumental performance and voices are amazing!Published 10 months ago by Greg Zinn
Having bought her second and third album I then bought her first and was not disappointed. Almost a gentle bluegrass feel to her music. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Iain S. R. Baker
Not easily labeled-Amazing, talented folk, bluegrass, blues artist. She Maybe another Joni Mitchell level artist, a quiet musical genius, she's still very young, but she may have... Read morePublished 12 months ago by SuzanneDel