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Some will hate this album with a passion,
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Some people will hate this album with as much passion as I love it. Newsom's voice is unlikely to elicit a "maybe" from any listener but in the context of the music and lyrics, it is a comfortable fit. The combination is intoxicating; at one moment the voice and lyrics forming a loose but perfect symetry with the music and at others, holding it tight and pulling it out of shape.
It's difficult to say whether these pieces are "songs". They are more like narrative poetry set to music, and yet there is so much interplay between the music and poetry that they form an integral and very satisfying whole.
The fact is, this record has captured my imagination and it is certainly the most intriguing thing I have hear for a long time and is quite possibly the album of the year.
For those reading this and wondering what this recording sounds like, the best I can do is this: imagine Kate Bush, Bjork and Mary Margaret O'Hara locked in a room with a recording of Peter and the Wolf, a book of Grimm's Fairy Tales, a harp and a chemistry set. After months of careful experimentation, the result might be Joanna Newsom.
Buy this album if you dare. You may love it or you may hate it. Either way, passion is good.