Since the release of her sophomore album, Dallas singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe returns to her old stomping grounds, Dan’s Silverleaf.
The Body Wins is also Jaffe’s second release through Kirtland Records. The album takes a decidedly more electronic turn that her uber-folksy singer-songwriter debut, Suburban Nature. In an earlier interview, Jaffe explained that the evolution toward bigger sounds (think chamber orchestra lite) and more buzzing and grinding electronic sounds wasn’t contrived.
“Glorified High” was buzz-worthy enough to get handpicked as the first single on the record, and the album got a much-coveted place on National Public Radio’s “First Listen.”
Gone is the earnestness of Jaffe’s youthful-but-wise songwriting. As good as Suburban Nature was, with its intense hooks and confessional lyrics, The Body Wins is a techno-soaked album that puts Jaffe in a different league without compromising her pen.
The title track is a pared-down meditation of how liberated and limited we are by our desires, doubts and devotions. “Sucker for Your Marketing” is a tribute to the unending appetite for the new, the shiny and the best version — even if it leaves that craving just sitting there in your gut, waiting for real fulfillment.
Details: Jaffe gets the stage to herself on Friday at Dan’s, 103 Industrial St. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 10 p.m. Advance tickets have been selling briskly. If any tickets are left, buy them in advance for $15 at www.danssilverleaf.com, or pay $20 at the door.
— Lucinda Breeding