Don't Disconnect

Don't Disconnect

by Sarah Jaffe

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Overview

Don't Disconnect

Mercurial Texan Sarah Jaffe shed much of her coffeehouse-bred singer/songwriter persona on her largely pop-oriented (and decidedly left-field) 2012 outing The Body Wins, an inclination that she applies with even more diligence on 2014's aptly titled Don't Disconnect, a precision-tuned collection of '80-s infused, alternately icy and radio-ready electro pop that owes more to artists like Robyn and Frankie Rose than it does Michelle Shocked and Lucinda Williams. Opener "Ride It Out," all fat synths and can-do attitude, suggests a Goldfrapp/Feist mash-up, and serves as a pretty good litmus test as to whether the listener wants to climb on board or not, which they should, as more times than not, Jaffe finds the sweet spot between the dancefloor and the open road. "Fatalist" veers closest to the latter, offering up a bluesy, rambling backbeat with an electro-thump center that evokes the expansive highways the Lone Star State, but it's when she splits the difference between the two persuasions, as she does with great aplomb on the shoegazey "Some People Will Tell You" and the soulful title track, that Jaffe reveals her considerable pop acumen. She hasn't completely abandoned her roots, as evidenced by lucid, slow-burn numbers like "Slow Pour" and the Vangelis-meets-Grimes-epic "Revelations," both of which were likely born out of late-night acoustic guitar meanderings before receiving their heavy chrome sheen. That said, Don't Disconnect represents the completion of a sea change, and though she's wading into awfully crowded waters, she has enough presence, both vocally and artistically, to navigate her way through to the next one without losing herself in the process.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2014
Label: Kirtland Records
UPC: 0186535000538
catalogNumber: 84
Rank: 269604

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sarah Jaffe   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Scott Danbom   Keyboards,Band
Daniel Hart   Violin
Mckenzie Smith   Synthesizer,Percussion,Drums
Robert Gomez   Bass Guitar,Band
Evan Jacobs   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Scott Lee   Bass Guitar
Buffi Jacobs   Cello
Joey McClellan   Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rob Sanchez   Band

Technical Credits

Daniel Hart   String Arrangements
Mckenzie Smith   Composer,Producer
Jordan Martin   Engineer
Sarah Jaffe   Composer,Producer

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Don't Disconnect [LP] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
needle_and_groove More than 1 year ago
I used to think that the drastic move from acoustic folk to synth pop was a bad decision on Sarah's part but she doesn't seem to have done it badly by selling out with classic pop hooks and one dimensional lyrics and song meanings. She has managed to retain her raw emotional delivery and powerful lyrical meaning in her music with complex verses that contain strings instruments to add depth, character and a degree of elegance that keep her safely away from mainstream while still remaining popular enough to gain followers. I have to admit I didn't give this album a fair shot when it came out but I've recently come around to the her new style and grown to not only accept it but also to like it