|5.0 classic||La Revolucion | November 19th 06|
Me - Hey Joanna what are you doing?
Joanna - Oh I'm writing music.
Me - Well gee it sounds really good, the orchestration really adds to the fullness of the sound, and your voice is one of the most interesting sounding things I've ever heard.
Joanna - Yeah I know.
Me - Well you don't have to be such a jerk about it.
Joanna - Go away.
10 Bumps | Bump
|2.0 poor||Nick Butler EMERITUS | January 1st 07|
Honestly, I don't know how to respond to this. By all accounts and all objective standards, it outright sucks. The songs are about nothing tangible, the lyrics have no sense of flow or meter (some say they're 'poetry' - they need to be exposed to better poetry), and frankly, they often scan like something a class of amateur songwriters would come up with if asked to write a psychedelia album in 30 minutes. The songs go on for ages, with any sort of development and dynamic contrast avoided at all costs. For an album recorded by Steve Albini and Jim O'Rourke, it sounds as weedy as hell. And the arrangments (from Van Dyke Parks) are often all too stereotypical and quite boring. But somehow, it hangs together well enough to work more often than it falls apart into dreary, pretentious slush. Newsom's voice, though slightly annoying, does at least display the fact that she's sensitive to the needs of the words and the music - her nuance and sensitivity does much to help the album flow. And, in a bizarre way, the fact that the entire project seems geared towards being as fey as possible actually makes it believable - although I still find it hard to imagine that anyone will enjoy this album as much more than a novelty, the charm of it is undeniable. Just good enough for a generous 2.5.
7 Bumps | Bump
|4.5 superb||Andrew H. EMERITUS | February 19th 07|
Joanna Newsom is truly an artist like no other. Existing in the realm of "freak folk" alongside artists like Devendra Banhart, Newsom's choice to use the harp as her main instrument (not to mention her unique vocal style) sets her apart completely. Ys is the follow-up to 2004's The Milk Eyed Mender and shows an enormous leap in terms of songwriting and arrangement. While her first record consisted of short folk songs, Ys' songs all approach (and sometimes exceed) the 10 minute mark. Featuring orchestration by Van Dyke Parks on 4 of its 5 songs, Ys shows enormous progression that even Newsom's most loyal fans could never have anticipated.
3 Bumps | Bump
|0.0 ||Josh S. | July 25th 11|
Who says women with big ass can't make music. Forget the music, what about that ass guys?
1 Bumps | Bump
|0.0 ||Ryan Willis | January 14th 13|
I can't believe how some people can remotely enjoy this, because I certainly can't. The songs are simply too long and drag on seemingly forever, with little to no hooks/catchy moments/emotional moments. They are well...I'm not quite sure, they are just songs simply about nothing..nothing interesting or engaging. Her voice is surprisingly desirable; her voice sails along through the album without her sounding like a freight train or dreadful. Music wise, as I said, it's very bland and possibly improvised. I'm sure she's done better than this, but Ys is not it.
|0.0 ||Xaulb | July 18th 12|
Probably one of the most feel-inducing albums of the last decade.
|5.0 classic||Oscar Schumacher | September 1st 09|
One of the greatest albums of all time as far as I am concerned. Totally unique, musically faultless and lyrically mind-blowing. She makes most music seem bland.
|4.0 excellent||Christopher Kenrick | May 31st 09|
Pretty good, I have to say. Her voice is unique and often really compelling, but other times... just eugh. Other than that, it's obvious that Joanna is confident in her harp playing and manages to catch plenty of attention, despite Van Dyke Park's orchesteral arrangements taking up large portions of the album (which, trust me, is a good thing).
For me (and I'm sure many others) the album pushes the idea of folk and creates this truly epic sound that I'm sure Joanna will be able to build on even more in the future.
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|3.5 great||Greem | October 23rd 13|
|4.5 superb||jamez | October 20th 13|
|4.0 excellent||Zephir | October 10th 13|
|5.0 classic||Meruem | October 8th 13|
|4.0 excellent||ashn0ted | September 23rd 13|
|4.5 superb||TheDMV | August 23rd 13|
|5.0 classic||Diachy | August 13th 13|
|3.0 good||DUIF | May 21st 13|
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|4.5 superb||devon | March 3rd 13|
|4.0 excellent||dogteal | February 22nd 13|
|4.0 excellent||Claudio | January 22nd 13|
|4.0 excellent||urzadek | December 17th 12|
|4.5 superb||junyi15 | December 11th 12|
|5.0 classic||dwejkk | November 20th 12|
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|3.0 good||G.M.B. | March 23rd 12|
|5.0 classic||Maxwell | February 7th 12|
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|4.5 superb||Sumire | January 15th 12|
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|3.5 great||gosk8n | December 28th 11|
|4.5 superb||JPaller | December 27th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Wael | December 19th 11|
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|3.5 great||BiOZed | March 28th 11|
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