• Ys
  • Customer Reviews

Customer Reviews

82
4.3 out of 5 stars
Ys
Format: Audio CDChange
Price:£10.19+Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2007
Forget the claims of overexcited broadsheet journalists referred to below. This isn't the Earth-shattering, precedent-defying masterwork you might be expecting, at least not if you've ever listened to Henry Cow, Judee Sill or `Army Dreamers' by Kate Bush. It's quite fun, but 55 minutes of wackiness and whimsy on this scale is a bit much.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
16 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2007
Ys is undoubtedy even now being played to inmates at CIA rendition sites as some bizarre and inhumane form of punishment. This album is probably illegal according to the Geneva Convention - and if not, it certainly should be.

Imagine a tedious hippy cornering you at a party and driveling on about their crackpot, cosmic philosophy. All in the most irritating, non-musical voice you have ever heard, while a second-rate chamber orchestra plunks away in the background.

Ys is at least twice as intolerable as that.

From reviews I was expecting some magical psych-folk that would fit somewhere between Devendra Banhart and Kate Bush. If that is what you were thinking too, then for heaven's sake please close this browser window now.
44 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
19 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2006
just a cautionary note from someone who read a few of the reviews and thought, hey, that sounds like my cup of tea. I found it unbearable. She drones one and on for what seems like a lifelong pastiche of Bjork's worst excesses. No stars. No way.
22 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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.

This is the second worst album I've ever heard. I made it through the first track and into the second waiting for a spark but nothing happened.

Her grasp of what consists of tunefulness defies any previously encountered musical style. I cannot explain it. It's like someone's programed a computer to
produce an infinite atonal sequence.

Her voice is so shrill it made me physically wince. The lyrics are not artfully opaque or deep, just a muddy puddle of torn up dictionary scraps.
Sometimes there are just too many words to fit the music but she bangs them in there anyway, quite without any rhythmic understanding or care to the consequences.

The string arrangements in the background bear no resemblance to Joanna's harp (or what ever it's called) playing, it's not counterpoint or anything like that, and they're badly constructed
& blocky.

The sense of rhythm (I sort of drum a bit) has befogged me completely.

In short, I cannot understand what is being attempted here and recommend anyone give it a burst on I player or spot ify before shelling out any money.

I think Joanna has poured her heart into this project is all I can say as a positive, and I feel sad to write such a damning tirade after someone has put all this effort in.

I'm genuinely amazed that anyone has given this a five star review, let alone the fifty people who have done so.

Ms Newsom must have an extended family who write a lot of Amazone reviews.
33 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
There seem to be two disparate albums overlapping on this CD. One featured a mystical/mysterious, enchanting, moving, multi-levelled, poetic, inspiring and wonderful suite of songs. Performed by a chanteuse playing harp. Five stars for that one.

The other album was a hideous, atonal, 'avant garde', excrutiatingly contrapuntal, shallow, flacid, 'flashy' and exceedingly annoying orchestral work.

Surely somehow the pressing plant must have made a big mistake, getting them both mixed up on the same disc? Because 'pressed' together they absolutely ruined a fine album and made it virtually unlistenable for this reviewer.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2009
I tried, I really tried to like it, I like her voice and the instrumental arrangements are often really good. I have no problem with long songs; in fact that was one of the things that drew me to this album. The songs just ramble and don't go anywhere though, eventually it just gets boring. Sorry!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
7 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2009
The cover is striking in a medieval/folksy way, the lyrics are interesting, the music is beautiful (though the harp wasn't as strong as I thought it would be), the voice is tragic. Joanna pronounces "meteor" as "media", screeches and sqwarks her way through the album like a demented parrot being prodded with a hot poker.Or maybe Bonnie Tyler being stretched. I really wanted to like it. I tried. I listened again and again over several weeks.Usually I like quirky, unusual, original etc. Not this time.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2007
I was really torn over this one. The music is incredibly interesting and she obviously has a good voice, but the contrived squeaky singing style leaves me with a headache and spoils what would otherwise be very fine!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2010
Why so many five star reviews? It makes me laugh to read so many ways of covering up the fact that this gril cannot sing by describing her voice as 'distinctive', 'crazy', 'beautiful' and 'interesting'. There are very many deluded people it would seem. Boring and aggitating too. At times, this horrific voice actually hurt to have to endure.

Awful. Stay well away.
44 commentsWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 35 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 13 November 2006
Compared to Bjork who in truth is the only artiste who could reasonably be catagorized with Ms Newsom in the quirky left field camp. The avant-garde harpist with the distinctive vocal range has endeared herself to

culture vultures everywhere with her unique, lengthy 5 track outing 'Ys'.

Only problem for Joane Newsom is that she is not in the same league as the Icelander when it comes to compositions.

With just 5 tracks running out at 55 mins, each segment is too long and just not strong enough to sustain interest. If she had made a 10 track album in a similar vein it would have worked better.

Hopefully a future collaboration with a more talented composer will deliver a more worthwhile end product ?
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
     
 
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
The Milk-Eyed Mender
The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom (Audio CD - 2004)

Have One On Me [VINYL]
Have One On Me [VINYL] by Joanna Newsom (Vinyl - 2010)

 
     

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.