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Ys (album) by Joanna Newsom 

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Ys
Ys by Joanna Newsom (2006)
Release date: 2006-11-14
Overall rank: 197th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
82/100 (from 621 votes)
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 2006 (3rd)
Top 50 albums of the 2000s (35th)
Top 200 albums of all time (197th)

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Ys is ranked as the best album by Joanna Newsom.

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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).

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1.Track pickEmily
 90/100 (176 votes)
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2.Monkey & Bear
 86/100 (137 votes)
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3.Track pickSawdust & Diamonds
 88/100 (145 votes)
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4.Track pickOnly Skin
 89/100 (152 votes)
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5.Cosmia
 88/100 (141 votes)
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82/100 (from 621 votes)
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80/100
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79/100
 
70/100
06/12/2018 23:12
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90/100
06/05/2018 15:57
87/100

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90/100
From YoungPunk 05/17/2018 21:24
Bumped up to 90 cuz its a grower...
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From YoungPunk 04/22/2018 04:15
Gonna do an uncharacteristically long review for no reason. Didn't listen to the lyrics. I think this album shows lots of promise. I'd rather listen to it than a bunch of what Lindsey Stirling is doing with her violin (in contrast to harp)... A problem is that the singer-songwriter music is not very much like the great Bob Dylan. The early Bob Dylan especially was inspired by very early simple music. Here it looks like they're trying to compromise the singer-songwriter simplicity I love in Dylan's music with some sort of wanky noodling they're trying to lift out of classical music, but unsuccessfully (It doesn't modulate enough). This is classical music that doesn't exist these artists are trying to emulate, kind of like ELO in the 70s, but worse. Joanna Newsom really needs to fire whoever had the idea to introduce all this noodling into her music it does nothing while detracting from Dylan's ingenious musical formula because I really want traditional music like Dylan's from my singer-songwriters, and I think it would be more successful. That or go 100% Lindsey Stirling and cultivate an EDM dance image, but I don't think that's as good an idea. How successful is Lindsey Stirling by the way?
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20/100
From Luvulongtim 02/20/2018 08:34
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From Ashmark 02/14/2018 02:03
Unique and impressive!
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55/100
From planetneutral 01/27/2018 13:25
Eh, kinda sounds like Fiona Apple off her meds. Not real anxious to listen again.
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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.
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Rating:  
70/100
From albumceleste 01/12/2017 02:29
Very very very very good. Haunting.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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