I like what Jarosz is doing on Follow Me Down, her head turning, sure footed follow-up to her 2009 Sugar Hill debut, Song Up In Her Head, but I can't figure out what I like best. Is it her keen and alluring re-inventions of Dylan's Ring Them Bells and RadioHead's The Tourist, or her earthy, twilit originals—Annabelle Lee; the luxuriant Run Away; or the modernistic My Muse?
Yet with half the album and her folksy alto imbedded in my head and the looming threat that this sentence may very well breach Michener-ian proportions; despite the Grammy and AMA nominations; the presence of Shawn Colvin, Darrell Scott, Jerry Douglas and Bela Fleck; and being co-produced by Alison Krauss and John Prine producer Gary Pacozosa, I'm still not sure I want to heap more praise upon the mountains of praise this barely twenty year old has already garnered. Because with all that's going on, I still sense that Jarosz could fall into the trap of sounding comfortably like a whole split-level ranch of rising Americana-ists, and that would be most disappointing indeed.
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