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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Seventeen years old and already turning the heads of critics, producers, and session musicians alike, Sarah Jarosz is not only a jaw-dropping talent but a multidimensional one, as well. Her voice is clear and sweet, her mandolin playing has been good enough for long enough that she has memories of jamming on-stage with David Grisman and Ricky Skaggs at age twelve, and she plays guitar and clawhammer banjo as well. Oh, and she also writes songs -- really, really good ones. Her debut is not a bluegrass album, though it seems likely that it will end up in that section of the CD store. The songs are all originals, except for covers of the Decemberists' "Shankill Butchers" and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Seventeen years old and already turning the heads of critics, producers, and session musicians alike, Sarah Jarosz is not only a jaw-dropping talent but a multidimensional one, as well. Her voice is clear and sweet, her mandolin playing has been good enough for long enough that she has memories of jamming on-stage with David Grisman and Ricky Skaggs at age twelve, and she plays guitar and clawhammer banjo as well. Oh, and she also writes songs -- really, really good ones. Her debut is not a bluegrass album, though it seems likely that it will end up in that section of the CD store. The songs are all originals, except for covers of the Decemberists' "Shankill Butchers" and Tom Waits' "Come on Up to the House." Some of her original compositions sound remarkably ancient, such as the vinegary and modal "Tell Me True"; others are bitingly topical, such as "Broussard's Lament" -- a song that, for all its indirectness, can only be intended as a sharp commentary on the government's bungling of the rescue and recovery effort following Hurricane Katrina. Her instrumental compositions are complex but sweetly lovely, and her twin-mandolin interplay with Mike Marshall on "Mansinneedof" is especially impressive in both its pleasant accessibility and its mature sophistication. Her acoustic arrangement of "Come on Up to the House" expresses all of the original's bluesy swagger but tempers it with a more refined sense of Southern hospitality. Truth be told, she comes close to jumping the shark on "Broussard's Lament." But if that's as close as she comes to a misstep on her debut album, then Sarah Jarosz has a long and exceptionally promising career ahead of her.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/2009
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891404929
  • Catalog Number: 14049
  • Sales rank: 4,023

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Song Up in Her Head (2:42)
  2. 2 Edge of a Dream (3:42)
  3. 3 Tell Me True (4:08)
  4. 4 Mansinneedof (2:51)
  5. 5 I Can't Love You Now (2:34)
  6. 6 Broussard's Lament (3:35)
  7. 7 Fischer Store Road (2:17)
  8. 8 Left Home (3:24)
  9. 9 Shankill Butchers (4:22)
  10. 10 Can't Hide (3:11)
  11. 11 Long Journey (5:17)
  12. 12 Come on Up to the House (4:27)
  13. 13 Little Song (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sarah Jarosz Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Vocals, Claw Hammer Banjo, Toy Piano, Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Slide Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Zither, Fretless Banjo
Byron House Bass
Kenny Malone Percussion
Mike Marshall Mandolin, Mandocello
Tim O'Brien Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Mark Schatz Bass
Darrell Scott Vocals, national steel guitar, Guitar (Resonator), Vocal Harmony
Chris Thile Mandolin, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Tim Lauer Synthesizer, Piano
Sarah Siskind Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ben Sollee Cello
Aoife O'Donovan Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Abigail Washburn Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Luke Reynolds Pedal Steel Guitar, Electronic Mandolin
Chris Eldridge Guitar
Alex Hargreaves Fiddle
Technical Credits
Kathleen Brennan Composer
Gary Paczosa Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Doug Sax Mastering
Wayne Brezinka Illustrations
Colin Meloy Composer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Sarah Jarosz Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Thomas a Waits Composer
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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    Amazing Debut

    Sarah Jarosz's debut album is outstanding. The quality of her songwriting is downright amazing--even more amazing when you consider that Broussard's Lament was written when she was 14 or 15, right after Hurricane Katrina hit. Her musicianship on the mandolin, guitar, banjo and octave mandolin is awesome, as are the studio musician, some of whom are even younger than Jarosz. Her voice is much more mature than her age (18 at the time when the record was made) would hint. The album is solid from beginning to end and explores more genres than just bluegrass with hints of folk and maybe a little bit of rock with influences of Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell. In conclusion, this is one of the best debut albums I've seen in a while and would be just as good from anyone at any age, but is even better when you do consider her young age.

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