49. Sarah Jaffe. The Texas-based singer-songwriter burst forth with Suburban Nature, a sharp and sweet debut. If her career keeps growing, her nature just might become more urbanized …


The 10 Best New Solo Artists of 2010

3. Sarah Jaffe
Hometown: Denton, Texas
Album: Suburban Nature
For Fans Of: Rachael Yamagata, Sam Phillips, Katie Herzig

“I love Texas,” says Sarah Jaffe, “but it’s pretty it is what it is.’” The 23-year-old singer/songwriter (whose last name rhymes with “taffy”) is at a mall in her hometown, on break from touring and killing time before she catches a movie. “I grew up in a place that was pretty much boring. It was brown and flat, but I think that humbleness is very attractive….”


The 50 Best Albums of 2010

39. Sarah Jaffe: Suburban Nature [Kirtland]

Sarah Jaffe is a lot like her home state of Texas. Wide-open, humble and matter-of-fact, she crafts beautiful, raw songs that “are what they are” in the very best way. Playing like wise, witty diary entries marked with teardrops, growing pains and effusive honesty, her debut album, Suburban Nature, ebbs and flows on a sea of candid relationship narratives. “Love is interesting, because when two people come together that way, it can be really hostile and beautiful at the same time,” she says of the inspiration for the album’s 13 songs, some of which were written before Jaffe graduated from high school.—Melanie Gomez


The 50 Best Songs of 2010

During the last 12 months, these 50 songs from 50 different artists brought us or joy or enveloped our sadness. These are the melodies that stayed stuck in our heads, the words that spoke to us, even if it simply was with a vitriolic epithet that somehow still made us grin ear-to-ear, as was the case with our #1 song of the year. Some of these were radio hits, but most either made their mark on the Internet or among those few who heard them. In our humble opinion, here are the 50 Best Songs of 2010:


The Best Albums of 2010


*Sarah Jaffe was the ONLY artist to have 2 songs included in Amazon’s Top 100 songs

The Best Songs of 2010: Amazon Picks


Best of 2010 Listeners’ Poll Results



Best of 2010 Listeners’ Poll Results



Best Local Releases: 2010

The Best Songs in Dallas Music, 2010: Sarah Jaffe Reaches Her Potential, and “Clementine” Is The Best Song of the Year.

From an outsider’s perspective, Sarah Jaffe’s success in 2010 would seem like a pretty surprising, rather overnight thing.

Some local girl with a guitar releases her debut album? She gets attention from NPR and USA Today? She tours as an opener for Midlake and — wow, really? — Norah Jones? And now she’s selling out the Granada Theater?

It’s crazy things like that happen!

Well, except that those paying attention know another story. They see the girl who released her debut EP, Even Born Again, back in 2008. The one who won three awards in our reader-voted Dallas Observer Music Awards that year. And who won another three in 2009, bringing her to six total awards (and no defeats) heading into this year, when, at age 24, Kirtland Records released her full-length debut, Suburban Nature, and Jaffe again swept the DOMAs, this time bringing home six awards, and making her one of the most-decorated winners our awards have ever seen, but also the sole nominee to have never lost an award to another artist. People clearly see something special in her music…


Counting Down the Best Local Albums of 2010

1. Sarah Jaffe

Suburban Nature

(Kirtland Records)

It seems as if the entire region had been waiting years for this, the full-length debut from the most promising singer-songwriter North Texas has spawned in recent memory. And Sarah Jaffe’s Suburban Nature hardly disappointed.

If anything, it surpassed expectations, having almost instantly thrust Jaffe to the very top of the local music heap.

Propelled by lead single “Clementine,” Suburban Nature has earned Jaffe countless accolades from regional and national outlets alike in 2010, and deservedly so. Smartly arranged to highlight both the delicate folk-rock instrumentation and the vulnerability of Jaffe’s vocals, the disc is a shockingly intimate listen.

It’s almost too private for comfort at points, actually. And maybe that’s why it’s so enticing a listen. Throughout the album, Jaffe emotionally belts out her tales of heartache and uncertainty with an enviable, reckless abandon and willfully entrusts her audience with her vulnerability. It’s a bold move that would be unwelcome if its presentation weren’t so tender and, more important, relatable.

Jaffe, it turns out, isn’t different from anyone. And that’s what makes her and, in turn, Suburban Nature, so unique. It’s a disc for everyone. It just so happens that Jaffe is behind it.


Best Local Releases: 2010

The Top 20 Local Music Videos of 2010



Listomania: The 15 Best Concerts of 2010

11. Sarah Jaffe at the Granada Theater
This September show felt like a coming out party for Jaffe — much bigger than her CD release show back in May, which drew Jaffe about a quarter of the crowd size she drew to this sold-out affair. And, between the debut of her “Clementine” music video and her sparse, encore cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” Jaffe made sure her fans left feeling as if they’d seen something special. Which, of course, they had.
Excerpt from review: “There still remain a sign or two of her youth and inexperience — like when, just a few songs in to her headlining slot at the Granada Theater on Saturday night, Sarah Jaffe excused herself from the audience so that she could go grab a guitar strap she’d left backstage. But those were but minor quibbles. Because, as she’s been doing all year, the 24-year-old Jaffe continued to prove herself quite the pro on Saturday night. “


The 20 Things You Need to Know For 2011

#8  Sarah Jaffe will break your heart—and break big.

Sarah Jaffe was mostly local when 2010 began. She had earned positive notice from the likes of NPR and Rolling Stone, but she was still largely a Dallas-Denton-Fort Worth sensation, known for her big voice and big-screen take on folk. Many musicians never move past that point. Then Jaffe went on a European tour with Denton’s Midlake. And opened a string of amphitheater dates for Norah Jones back in the States. And released her debut full-length, Suburban Nature, to widespread acclaim. And went on her first headlining tour—or “first time playing last,” as she says. And then another…


Lucinda Breeding: Denton’s best of 2010


Suburban Nature by Sarah Jaffe

Kirtland Records

Many of Denton’s fast-rising indie artists have made best-of-2010 lists in big-name publications — both in print and online.

Sarah Jaffe more than earned her spot on those lists.

This year, at age 24, Jaffe released her debut album to warm critical reception. She toured with Norah Jones and packed the house at Dan’s Silverleaf for her showcase concert at the North by 35 Music Conferette — which has changed to 35 Conferette in 2011….


My favorite songs of 2010, and my favorite non-2010 songs of 2010

2010 Favorites, part one: 2010 releases

Sarah Jaffe, “Clementine”

Sarah Jaffe’s Suburban Nature reminds me of Haley Bonar’s Big Star: accessible but nuanced, a twilight-tinged folk-pop album that you can listen to dozens of times.




30 Albums of 2010




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Heaven's Metal

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