Sarah Jaffe Suburban Nature Product Type Compact Disc Rock Pop

Track Title. 1 Before You Go. 2 Stay With Me. 3 Clementine. 4 Better Than Nothing. 5 Vulnerable. 6 Wreaking Havoc. 7 Summer Begs. 8 Pretender Pt 1. 9 Pretender. 10 Luv. 11 Swelling. 12 Watch Me Fall Apart. 13 Perfect Plan. Sarah Jaffe s debut sounds a bit like pre-More Adventurous Rilo Kiley: folksy, sparse, and more indebted to the DIY songwriter scene than the commercial coffee house fare that orchestrates montage sequences in Grey s Anatomy. Recorded in 2008 and released two years later, it chronicles the first chapter of Jaffe s career, collecting songs written during her teenage years as well as a sampling of recent material. Suburban Nature isn t entirely a solo album, though; Jaffe writes the music herself, but the songs come to life thanks to her backing band, a tasteful four-piece that includes two string players and the multi-instrumentalist Robert Gomez. It s thanks to those musicians that Jaffe is able to blaze her own trail in the crowded female folkster market, and one of Suburban Nature s biggest strengths is the way her band frames her vocals with arrangements that are alternately minimalist and lush. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi.