Sarah Jarosz ‘Undercurrent’ Album Review Roundup

June 17, 2016

Sarah Jarosz’s new album is ‘Undercurrent.’ It’s the fourth album from the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who rose to fame with a breakthrough debut album while still in high school. Find out what the critics have to say of her latest release. Here’s a roundup of reviews.

Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz has already had a long career, that continues to unfold. She was just a teenager in high school in Texas when her 2009 breakthrough debut album, ‘Song Up in Her Head’ was released on the Sugar Hill label. Her captivating vocal talents and her virtuosity on mandolin, guitar, banjo and other acoustic instruments drew notice far beyond the folk and bluegrass music circles. She also received her first Grammy Award nomination, for one of the album’s tracks.

Her most recent album, ‘Build Me Up from Bones’ of 2013, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Folk album. She recorded it while still a student at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Now at age 25, she tells Consequence of Sound ““Undercurrent feels like an album of many firsts.” Elaborating, she goes on to say, “It’s the first record I’ve made while not simultaneously being in high school or college, so I was able to devote my full attention and schedule to the writing and recording process.” She also notes that “it’s the first record I’ve made since moving to New York City almost three years ago.”

She wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album, and worked with her longtime producer Gary Paczosa. ‘Undercurrents’ is a departure from the layers of acoustic instrumentation on ‘Build Me Up from Bones.’

She told Nashville Scene, the intention was to capture and re-create her live performances of the songs. She said, “We kind of went into it with more of a ‘Let’s capture the true marrow of what this is and get down to the raw form of what I do.”

Here’s what the critics are saying about ‘Undercurrent.’

“….On her new album, “Undercurrent” (Sugar Hill), out this week, singer-composer Sarah Jarosz prizes simplicity, presenting her latest country-flavored folk songs in an intimate environment. […] While the arrangements may be simple, there is a kind of conspiratorial complexity to her stories. Repeatedly, Ms. Jarosz lays out a sketch in which the listener becomes a partner in exploring the song’s meaning. ….” — Wall Street Journal

“….Jarosz wrote or co-wrote all the tracks on her latest disc, Undercurrent, on which she captures the mysteries of life: the magical quality of light, the thoughts that seem to come out of nowhere, the feelings we didn’t know we had, and the very existence of music, with gusto and intelligence. There’s nothing understated about Undercurrent. It positively shines…..” — PopMatters

Check back for more reviews. It’s clear from early reviews, this is another memorable album, as this most versatile and innovative artist continues to build upon her success. You can see Sarah Jarosz’s ‘Undercurrents’ album cover art and music videos below.

Pictures: PR Photos

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