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Ys [VINYL]

Joanna Newsom Vinyl
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Have you ever seen that movie The Village? Yeah, that’s how Joanna Newsom was discovered. She came out of a dark, impenetrable forest and was so clearly from another century, it was just spooky. Fortunately for all of us, this initial impression turned out to be a complete misunderstanding! Our Joanna is clearly from the 20th century, and today, just like the rest of us, she lives in the ... Read more in Amazon's Joanna Newsom Store

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  • Vinyl (5 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B000I2K9LU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Emily - Joanna Newsom
2. Monkey And Bear - Joanna Newsom
Disc: 2
1. Sawdust And Diamonds
2. Only Skin
3. Cosmia

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The highly anticipated new album from singer/songwriter and harpist JOANNA NEWSOM. Five extended tracks conceived with harp and voice, tracked by STEVE ALBINI, and then meticulously arranged by VAN DYKE PARKS and Newsom over several months. The album features strings, woodwinds, and brass, as well as dulcimer, marimba, various percussive instruments, banjo, mandolin, electric bass (provided by LEE SKLAR), electric guitar (GRANT GEISSEMAN), and accordion (played by Parks). Mixed by JIM O'ROURKE.

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Drag City Records * 2LP * gatefold * includes booklet * stereo * US * beautiful packaging! * *

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding...... 9 April 2007
By Mr. A. J. Whiteway VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic album, a song-cycle comprimised of only 5 songs, but running in at about an hour.

I'm reluctant to even try to describe this album. I think the best example to use is what generally happens after you've listened to it - little melodies, a line perhaps, tend to stick in the mind and won't be uprooted until you've found a quiet place to stick the record on.

I say a quiet place, because the obvious flaw of the album (is it really a flaw though, or is it a sad indictment about music today?), is that it demands your full attention. There are narratives hidden within the songs that overlap with others. There are garnishes of wonderful orchestral backing, but on 'Sawdusts and Diamonds' Newsom's Harp is the only other instrument, save her curious and captivating voice. 'Only Skin' is the album's longest track, a wistful blend of key changes and bizarre instrumentation. Newsom's lyrics are often fragmentary and loose, but suit her style well. Part of the fun seems to be that meanings are difficult to come by, but you will always leave this album feeling more fufilled and just a little bit wiser than you did the last time you listened to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic 10 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a concept album (or a 'song cycle' as the classical world would have it), meant to be heard from start to finish, 5 songs over 55 minutes. First spins of many including me (I'll never forget it!) have the listener thinking 'doesn't this crazy woman ever shut up!'

Then we start listening to the lyrics and reading the gilt-edged lyric booklet, laid out with such precision that you know it's made for reading. It becomes clear... this is poetry set to music, and is best approached in that way. Although some might dismiss Newsom as a fairy princess, yes the words can be mystical but they are articulate, earthy and deeply personal - the first song 'Emily' is a love letter to her astro-physicist sister and positively aches with love for Emily and their father. The orchestrations of the legendary Van Dyke Parks swell and surge brilliantly throughout most of the album.

Although initially this harpist/singer/songwriter was associated with the indie music world, she deserves to be heard by anyone interested in serious (i.e. classical) music. For my part I'm a Verdi and Beethoven obsessive, but it sure is good to be able to appreciate this living poetic musical marvel. I've had this album more than 4 years and it remains a compelling listen.
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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly original - a classic beyond doubt 16 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
There are some times that I think that I and many other reviewers on here are too free and easy in giving 5 stars to albums. The problem is that when something comes along that is absolutely outstanding then it is difficult to differentiate it from that which is merely VERY good. Joanna Newsom's 'Ys' (pronounced 'ees') is one of those works that comes along as rarely as a blue moon and is not merely excellent but is 'out of this world', an instant classic.

It's all too easy to bandy words like 'classic' around but do I mean it? The answer here is most definitely yes. This is a work that you would call genre-defining - if only it didn't completely defy genre. 'Ys' stands up there with other classic albums (White Album, Pet Sounds, Dark Side of the Moon) as being so original that nothing even remotely approaching it has been released before. This is heady company to keep, but I truly believe that this album belongs in such company. Believe me, this is an album that transcends anything else that you will hear all this year.

Saying all that, will it be successful? It is so original and beyond anything that you will hear anywhere else that it's hard to imagine that it'll get much airtime. The whole album consists of only 5 tracks, the shortest of which is over 7 minutes and the longest of which is nearly 17 minutes long. There is no guitar, there are no drums. Already you can tell that this isn't any ordinary album. The songs are all centred on Joanna Newsom's beautiful voice, harp and background orchestral arrangement.

First, the voice. Joanna Newsom has a distinctive voice, though there are obvious comparisons to Bjork (occasionally you hear Billie Holliday and Kate Bush coming through). She manages to sound child-like and ageless in one. Second, the harp playing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! The woman, the harp and the artwork. 26 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
Well I waited with barely concealed excitement for this album to arrive on my doorstep and I wasn't disappointed. Each song is a beautifully crafted story as Joanna takes you on a journey into a land far far away. Every song sticks in my memory, the imagery and metaphors make for such highly individual tracks that Joanna really can't be held in comparison with anyone else good or bad.

And just another thing to add! The music is beautiful beyond words but everyone seems to forget just how lovely the album artwork is, after all doesn't beautiful music need something just as beautiful to rest in? Truly THE prettiest album I've ever brought, from the embossed cover to the wonderfully decorated lyric book this really is a work of art.

Amazon you left a goddess on my doorstep and I can't thank you enough for it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 5 Sep 2010
By Taggart
Format:Audio CD
Loved it! Brilliant, imaginative and skillfully scored. Catchy melodies and interesting to listen to. Kate Bush with a harp!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Achingly Beautiful
Every now and again you come across something that blows your mind. Maybe 5 or 6 times in my half a century. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Andy R
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
just buy it. Probably my favourite artist at the moment. Sometimes she sounds like a dolphin with these little clicks which come out - not a bad thing i think you'll agree!
Published 8 months ago by John Stell
5.0 out of 5 stars Precious
I save this album for special moments, it's that wonderful.
The songs are sprawling and complex, a little like the more eccentric Bjork numbers of old but with more meat on... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
This album is totally amazing. Just keep listening to it until it no longer grows on you but becomes completely addictive. Joanna has to be one of the best poets of our time! Read more
Published 9 months ago by F W
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have !!!!!
I heard this lady on the radio and decided to buy this album and it is a great album. Once you are used to her voice you will like this marvelous texts of her: poetry on music,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Pierre Brewee
1.0 out of 5 stars Nearly tore my ears off.
I love music. I love lots of different types, styles, eras from across the globe. I don't like to be universally negative but here is my review. Read more
Published 15 months ago by P. N. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product
I'm so pleased I bought this. This girl is so quirky, and listening to the CD is like going on an adventure. Brilliant!
Published on 3 Jun 2012 by K. B. Barlow
1.0 out of 5 stars No "Smelly Cat"
Utterly disgusted by this offering. You'd think they would include the one song any of us have ever heard before.
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by Ibbots
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Brilliant
I bought the album after one listen of Monkey & Bear one evening on Radio 6. My success rate at buying music 'on spec' like this is somewhere around the 30% mark. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2011 by Marc Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars What I imagined is better than what I heard
I've only just discovered Newsom and after listening to the track previews on Amazon I took the plunge and bought the CD. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2011 by ESP
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