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Song Up In Her Head

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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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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 45:25

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She may be young but she is very good and will only get better. I agree with all the comparisons of the previous reviewers and quite simply she has a superb voice and great musicianship. Watch this space for elevation to higher levels of appreciation.

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Could be the next...


Alison Kraus. Great talent, just a wonderfully pleasant listen.

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Great voice!


This was another one of those "if you like this person you'll like her" recommendations from eMusic. Another reason why I take the extra time to check them out. Wonderful vocals and great music. Looking forward to hearing more from her.

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If you like any of the following artists - Gillian Welch, Allison Krauss, Adrienne Young, Kris Delmhorst - download the whole thing. I rarely download entire albums from emusic, but I did with this one. Great variety of songs. Beautiful instrumentation. Great voice. Can't believe she was only 17 when she recorded this.

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Dazzles by not trying to...


Oh my. The first day I had this album, I played it three times, and each time I was more impressed than before. Definitely a strong candidate for my album of the year. Sarah Jarosz shows a level of musical maturity and taste that would be unusual in any debut album, but to hear it from a 17-year-old is amazing. She doesn't strain to impress or to sound like someone else. She has already found her own voice, and she sings and plays with the quiet self-assurance you would expect from someone already well into a successful career. Comparisons with the young Alison Krauss would be entirely warranted. Like Krauss, Jarosz is fortunate to be recording with a group of musicians who clearly share her tastes. It sounds like they have all been playing together for years. All in all, this is the best debut I have heard in years. Here's hoping Jarosz stays happy and productive for many years and many great albums to come.

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One of the Best


I first saw Sarah many years ago in a tweener with Tim O'Brien, and several time since wth various formations as she matured in front of me. While I was excited to hear her official first release, I was dumbfounded by what this brings. This doesn't sound like a young women finding her voice, it is the voice of a veteran projecting her voice. Nearly every track is becoming a treasure to my music library, but "I Can't Love You Now" & "Fischer Store Road" are on steady repeat.

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This youing lady deserves to go far!


Not much to say that the previous reviewer didnt say, I just wanted to lend my voice to celebrate this amazing debute, Go well Sarah!

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Great debut album


The debut album by Wimberly, Texas native Sarah Jarosz is a solid entry on my list of the ten best albums so far in 2009. The fact that she was only 17 years old when she recorded this album is astounding. She has it all -- strong vocalist, virtuoso musician, and great songwriter. I think she's an artist we'll be hearing great things from in the future, too. Interestingly, rather than rely on the solid reviews she's gotten for this album to further her career, she has decided to attend the New England Conservatory to hone her skills.

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They Say All Music Guide

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. – Rick Anderson

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