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Sarah Jarosz: Song Up In Her Head

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Sarah Jarosz: <em>Song Up In Her Head </em>

Delightful debut from a new blade of bluegrass


Eighteen-year-old bluegrass whiz Sarah Jarosz will have just graduated from high school when her first album is released this summer, but her age is nearly beside the point.Brennan's “Come on up to the House” and The Decemberists' “Shankhill Butchers”—attest to her skill as much as her taste. But the songs Jarosz wrote herself more pull their own weight. The eleven originals bubble with questions, toe-tapping impatience and a dreamy yearning, and they're strung through with twinge of poignancy that's completely refreshing. She's neither a cloyingly precious ingenue nor a preternaturally mature pseudo-phenom, just a curious, smart, sensitive young person who sings about the things that baffle the hearts and minds of most curious, smart, sensitive people, regardless of age: love, time and the big wide world. “I have just begun / A long journey that will run / The length and width of summertime,” Jarosz sings on one of her originals. She sure has, and we can't wait to see where it takes her.