"Come Around" Sarah Jarosz
Song of the Day Monday, September 12, 2011
Sarah Jarosz – Come Around
Let’s get one thing straight -- “Come Around” is not bluegrass in any way, shape, or form, despite the prevalence of banjo and fiddle. It’s not even “newgrass.” Sure, the precocious Sarah Jarosz is touted as the genre's next crossover star and her generation’s banjo-plucking answer to Alison Krauss, but she spends at least half her time stretching beyond bluegrass' roots (which is probably her most Krauss-like trait of all, come to think of it). “Come Around” is angular, off-kilter and a bit self-consciously arty, and Jarosz -- who was still a teen when she recorded this track for her second album, Follow Me Down -- comes off as neither a naïf nor an overly intense apprentice, but simply a seeker, which bodes well for her artistic evolution. – Jim Allen
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