12 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Working with Midlake’s McKenzie Smith, Sarah Jaffe further explores the electronic worlds that often befuddle acoustic singer/songwriters. Though Jaffe was once looked upon as an acoustic coffeehouse type of person, the defiant young Texan discovered she didn’t need to ruminate over the same old "cowboy chords" to get her emotive insights across. If anything, Jaffe has found a far more personal sound within scattered synthesizer notes and fractured mechanical beats. Songs such as “Ride It Out” with its fat buzzy synth, “Fatalist” with its easy-rolling gait, and “Either Way” with more ghostly arrangements, certainly extend the concept of who Jaffe can be. But at the heart of these songs, and especially the later tracks, such as “Slow Pour” and “Your Return,” there’s a sense of comfort, a sense of discovery, and a sense of relief in finding new ways to express oneself that don't rely on the same worn schematics that made Jaffe feel like just another in a long line of sensitive singer/songwriters. Here, she’s clearly finding a new self.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Working with Midlake’s McKenzie Smith, Sarah Jaffe further explores the electronic worlds that often befuddle acoustic singer/songwriters. Though Jaffe was once looked upon as an acoustic coffeehouse type of person, the defiant young Texan discovered she didn’t need to ruminate over the same old "cowboy chords" to get her emotive insights across. If anything, Jaffe has found a far more personal sound within scattered synthesizer notes and fractured mechanical beats. Songs such as “Ride It Out” with its fat buzzy synth, “Fatalist” with its easy-rolling gait, and “Either Way” with more ghostly arrangements, certainly extend the concept of who Jaffe can be. But at the heart of these songs, and especially the later tracks, such as “Slow Pour” and “Your Return,” there’s a sense of comfort, a sense of discovery, and a sense of relief in finding new ways to express oneself that don't rely on the same worn schematics that made Jaffe feel like just another in a long line of sensitive singer/songwriters. Here, she’s clearly finding a new self.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
17 Ratings
17 Ratings
prit68 ,

Disappointing!

What's with the pop music? I used to be a huge fan but the last couple of albums have been too much to bear. Please go back to your roots Sarah!

Heyyomegan ,

SJ always brings it.

Absolutely lovely album—you can't beat it with a stick.

Needle And Groove ,

Sorry, But I'm Disconnecting

I've seen this happen too many times. It happened to Tegan & Sara, it just happened to Taylor Swift (not that I'm a fan of hers), and now it happened to Sarah Jaffe. Way to crash and burn, Sarah! Pop is easy! The true artist makes it past pop to become something better. You've taken a step backwards here. Sure, there are people who like the new direction you've taken but those people probably haven't been a fan for long. They don't know what you're capable of. Your voice should not be hiding behind distracting 80's pop synths and annoying drone buzzing. Leave that for brainless acts like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. Your voice belongs in front, gracing your listeners. Have you listened to your title track?! It put me to sleep! How ironic is it that the song called "Don't Disconnect" make sme want ot skip to the next track?

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