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CD Review: Sarah Jarosz

Follow Me Down (Sugar Hill)

It's easy to draw comparisons between 19-year-old bluegrass prodigy Sarah Jarosz and Alison Krauss, who also released her first album when she was a teenager. But Jarosz isn't a traditionalist like Krauss. She grew up on Radiohead and Bob Dylan, the authors of the only two songs Jarosz didn't have a hand in writing on her second album. She doesn't rethink Dylan's "Ring Them Bells" or Radiohead's "The Tourist," but they're representative of Follow Me Down's bluegrass-for-the-21st-century mindset. Jarosz plays guitar, banjo, mandolin, and piano, so she has plenty of opportunity to show off her chops. But like Krauss, she hasn't quite figured out how to make a great album. For all of its virtuosic delights, Follow Me Down is a little dull, a pleasant album with better intentions than results. — Gallucci

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