Ys (album) by Joanna Newsom
|Joanna Newsom YS 2x LP NEW vinyl
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|JOANNA NEWSOM “Ys” DRAG CITY 2006 CD CLASSIC EARLY JN
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|JOANNA NEWSOM 'Ys' SUPERB, BARELY PLAYED 2006 US 2xLP, STUNNING g/f BOOK COVER.
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Ys track list
|1.||Emily|| 90/100 (169 votes)|
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|2.||Monkey & Bear|| 86/100 (134 votes)|
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|3.||Sawdust & Diamonds|| 88/100 (141 votes)|
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|4.||Only Skin|| 89/100 (149 votes)|
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|5.||Cosmia|| 88/100 (139 votes)|
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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.
Unique and impressive!
Eh, kinda sounds like Fiona Apple off her meds. Not real anxious to listen again.
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.
Very very very very good. Haunting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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