"Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be."

- The Beatles
 

Ys (album) by Joanna Newsom 

This album At A Glance
Ys
Ys by Joanna Newsom (2006)
Release date: 2006-11-14
Overall rank: 197th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 614 votes)
  Ratings distribution
Accolades: Top 5 albums of 2006 (3rd)
Top 50 albums of the 2000s (35th)
Top 200 albums of all time (197th)

Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.
Product Details Availability Price

eBay
eBay
Joanna Newsom YS 2x LP NEW vinyl
Condition: New
Time left:
15h 26m 39s

Ships to:
Worldwide
$24.95
Go to store

eBay
eBay
JOANNA NEWSOM “Ys” DRAG CITY 2006 CD CLASSIC EARLY JN
Condition: Like New
Time left:
16h 5m 44s

Ships to:
Worldwide
£7.99
Go to store

eBay
eBay
JOANNA NEWSOM 'Ys' SUPERB, BARELY PLAYED 2006 US 2xLP, STUNNING g/f BOOK COVER.
Condition: Used
Time left:
1d 14h 38m 4s

Ships to:
Worldwide
£14.00
Go to store
  Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the linked website at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.  See full search results on eBay

  My favourite store:  

Joanna Newsom bestography

Ys is ranked as the best album by Joanna Newsom.

Joanna Newsom album bestography « Higher ranked This album (197th) Lower ranked (488th) »
-YsHave One On Me

Members who like this album also like: Funeral by Arcade Fire, In Rainbows by Radiohead and Illinois by Sufjan Stevens.

Listen to Ys on YouTube

Loading content from YouTube...

Ys track list

Overall chart history The tracks on this album have an average rating of 88 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

#TrackRating
/
1.Track pickEmily
 90/100 (169 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
Amazon MP3
iTunes
2.Monkey & Bear
 86/100 (134 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
Amazon MP3
iTunes
3.Track pickSawdust & Diamonds
 88/100 (141 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
Amazon MP3
iTunes
4.Track pickOnly Skin
 89/100 (149 votes)
Comments: 2 comments
Amazon MP3
iTunes
5.Cosmia
 88/100 (139 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
Amazon MP3
iTunes

Track pick Top-rated track as rated by BestEverAlbums.com members.

Related links: top tracks by Joanna Newsom, top tracks of the 2000s, top tracks of 2006.

Ys rankings

Ys ratings

Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 614 votes)
  Ratings distribution  Average Rating = (n ÷ (n + m)) × av + (m ÷ (n + m)) × AV
where:
av = trimmed mean average rating an item has currently received.
n = number of ratings an item has currently received.
m = minimum number of ratings required for an item to appear in a 'top-rated' chart (currently 10).
AV = the site mean average rating.

Showing latest 5 ratings for this album. | Show all 614 ratings for this album.

Rating
Date logged
Member
No. album ratings
Avg. album rating
 
90/100
3 days ago
76/100
 
50/100
4 days ago
68/100
 
90/100
4 days ago
77/100
 
60/100
04/14/2018 21:17
42/100
 
80/100
04/12/2018 19:29
73/100

Related links: , top albums of the 2000s, top albums of 2006.

Please log in or register if you want to be able to leave a rating.

Ys comments

Showing latest 10 comments | Show all 65 comments | Most Helpful First | Newest First
(Only showing comments with -2 votes or higher. You can alter this threshold from your profile page. Manage Profile)

Rating:  
20/100
From Luvulongtim 02/20/2018 08:34
When she plays the harp I think of Morticia Adams doing her high pitched “Tokyo” squealing bit in the Addams Family. That and when she “sings” I think of the sound that the bird makes from Alice in Wonderland when the Queen rings their neck when they’re about to play polo with it.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | -2 votes (1 helpful | 3 unhelpful)
From Ashmark 02/14/2018 02:03
Unique and impressive!
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
55/100
From planetneutral 01/27/2018 13:25
Eh, kinda sounds like Fiona Apple off her meds. Not real anxious to listen again.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +1 votes (1 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
90/100
From ilovelctr 02/19/2017 09:21
To those who can't appreciate Joanna's voice and idiosyncratic composition, this album can be a fiasco even with the foreknowledge of its non-mainstream nature. It's not the kind of album through which you're constantly required to look into every nook and cranny to dig out all its excellence, because it's very conspicuous what's so special about it: the unique melody, the poetic yet beautifully unsettling lyrics. You don't get a unique soul every time you try a folk record, but what's largly likely instead is solely another cliche, but this is by no means the case with Ys. I guess it's an album you'll either like or not. For me, nothing's more appealing than its uniqueness as it simply gets me with its very very very unique melody, which is very telling about the significance of musicality, as it should always be treated more seriously than production, and even lyrics.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +1 votes (1 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
70/100
From albumceleste 01/12/2017 02:29
Very very very very good. Haunting.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
90/100
From buzzdainer 11/03/2016 16:18
I was living in Reno in November of 2006 when Ys was released, and I immediately recognized, amid the dense allegory and arcane literary references embedded in Joanna Newsom's lyrics, music that is grounded in the Sierra Nevada and Yuba River Valley landscapes in which Newsom was born and raised. Take, for instance, the opening lines to the album's centerpiece, "Emily": "The meadowlark and the chim-choo-ree and the sparrow / Set to the sky in a flying spree, for the sport over the pharaoh / A little while later the Pharisees dragged comb through the meadow / Do you remember what they called up to you and me, in our window?" Somehow, in these lyrics, Newsom manages to weave together personal history, geographical and ecological specificity, and Biblical allusions that give the whole experience an ancient, mythical feel. This is creative, ambitious, brilliant stuff--the threads drawn together by an artist still in the early stages of her career. I cannot wait to see what she does in the years and decades to come.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +7 votes (7 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
95/100
From antiquusxy 10/11/2016 12:38
Every single minutiae, from the lyrics to the vocals to the instrumentation, is world-class and the record manages to be both completely beatuiful and otherworldly. A breath of fresh air from the pop landscape, 56 minutes flow by so quickly.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +1 votes (1 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
90/100
From Strangel 09/03/2016 12:17
This album is truly a masterpiece in quirky creativity. I love the imagery in her lyrics. There is no effort to spell it out for you in the poetry. Instead, it works beautifully on a subconscious, archetypal level like the imagery in myth and folklore. Her voice encapsulates the quirkiness and whilst it probably detracts a little from delivering the accessibility her music deserves, I don't think it detracts enough to drag the album down too much. Without that enigmatic vocal it would lose its essence. Ultimately, those that can fully embrace her talent in its uniqueness shall gain something that too many will miss out on simply through a petty taste in vocals.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +1 votes (1 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
80/100
From sethmadsen 05/28/2016 21:07
Fantastic idea/definitely original for it's time. I'm glad music like this can still garner respect. It's like the 21st century Hildegard von Bingen. After about 20 minutes though it kind of lost it's magic for me.

The only thing I felt it lacked was some kind of center... it just seemed she rambled about something random the whole time. It was unclear the message of the record/what was being accomplished. It feels almost like jazz in the sense that it was totally made up on the spot... kind of.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | -2 votes (1 helpful | 3 unhelpful)
Rating:  
100/100
From garycottier 05/25/2016 11:23
YS, is an absolutely stunning record. A beautiful song cycle fusing folk and classical music to form something wholly original and magical. Newsom is captivating throughout, with her quirky vocals and strange lyrics. Every song is a masterpiece, from the excellent opener, Emily, to, monkey and bear(which is probably my favourite track if I had to choose one), and epic, only skin. It's amazing to think that Bob Dylan's extremely derivative and dreary, modern times, managed to pip this breathtakingly original record to most end of year lists as album of the year. YS, is a beautiful piece of work. This is how amazing and inventive music can be.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +1 votes (1 helpful | 0 unhelpful)

Showing latest 10 comments | Show all 65 comments

Please log in or register if you want to be able to add a comment.

Your feedback for Ys

Let us know what you think of this album by adding a comment or assigning a rating below!
Anonymous
Your rating: Login or register to assign a rating to this album.
Your comment: Login or register to comment on this album.
Login or register to add this album to your favourites.
Buy album United States Amazon   Amazon MP3   eBay   iTunes   Use the iTunes, Amazon or eBay buttons to safely buy this item from one of the world's top online stores.

Best Albums of 2006
1. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
2. Black Holes And Revelations by Muse
3. Ys by Joanna Newsom
4. Back To Black by Amy Winehouse
5. The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me by Brand New
6. Sam's Town by The Killers
7. The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance
8. Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. 10,000 Days by Tool
10. Donuts by J Dilla
11. The Eraser by Thom Yorke
12. Silent Shout by The Knife
13. The Crane Wife by The Decemberists
14. Continuum by John Mayer
15. First Impressions Of Earth by The Strokes
16. Return To Cookie Mountain by TV On The Radio
17. The Life Pursuit by Belle And Sebastian
18. Yellow House by Grizzly Bear
19. Eyes Open by Snow Patrol
20. Blood Mountain by Mastodon



Copyright © 2005-2018 BestEverAlbums.com. All rights reserved.    Terms of Use  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Us  |   Advertising  |   RSS Feeds  |   Site Map  |   Hosting by ServInt