Have One On Me - Joanna Newsom
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  • Summary: The three-disc follow-up to 2006's "Ys" was a mystery as advance copies were not sent until a few weeks before the release date to circumvent any leaks of the songs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Have One On Me is so enrapturing, so imaginative and so delicate, that it feels safe to say that in five or ten years time, you’ll go back to it and discover brand new things--whether they be the meaning of a song you’d never fathomed before or a simple amuse-bouche of a beautifully constructed oboe phrase.
  2. She goes deep, as deep as any artist working today, into the loud forest of stories where our ideas about love and the self are born. Her trail of crumbs isn't always obvious, but you can follow her there.
  3. Stripped for much of the time of the horns and orchestral adornment of the first disc, Newsom turns a celebration into a confessional. Just when it seems Newsom couldn't possibly have any more rabbits in her hat, the third disc contains some gospel flourishes that concentrate her voice in a whole new way, bending down low to grab some bit of soul.
  4. 84
    Have One On Me is Newsom at her best: precious without being cloying, subtle without being indecipherable, beautifully written and sweetly played.
  5. This is a record so richly involving that it promises to throw up fresh delights weeks, or even months, down the line. [Apr 2010, p.113]
  6. For long-time fans, this three-disc (or vinyl) release won’t disappoint, though it’s not a total departure.
  7. It’s too bad really, that Have One on Me is so overdone because there’s a decent album hidden somewhere in there.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Lisa
    Feb 25, 2010
    Amazing. Just. Amazing.
  2. Sep 22, 2010
    The term genius is not often called for in pop music, but in this case it's justified. She's a totally original and unique artist, and one of the best storytellers around. The sheer amount of material on this album is enough to scare a lot of people off, but I think it's only a great thing. The listener can't concentrate on all of it at once, but is forced to pick a few favorites that rotates after a while, and ensures the album a long life. Just fantastic. Album of the year, by a mile! Expand
  3. Dec 6, 2010
    beautiful. I have little that I can think to say other than listen to this.
    It may take a little while to get into as all the songs are about
    6 minutes long at the least Expand
  4. BeauR.
    Feb 26, 2010
    Have One On Me is dense and sprawling but wondrous and surprising, though not as surprising as an unsurprising album would have been. It also sounds like a natural stepping-stone in Newsom's fearless, carefully sculpted body of work. Expand
  5. JimI
    Mar 6, 2010
    Amazing album, her voice keeps getting better.
  6. Jan 18, 2012
    'Have One On Me' is difficult to take in, it's two-hour running time being the prime cause of this, but if you dip in and out of it, it is haunting and enjoyable. Newsom's voice just keeps maturing and here it is at it's best, the songs are not as groundbreaking as they were on 'Ys', but they sound more comfortable. A full, epic album with lots to it, but once you digest it, it is really beautiful. Songs like '81', 'Easy' and 'Good Intentions Paving Company' will all sound good on the radio, compared to songs 'Ys' which were the opposite of radio-friendly. She is constantly doing things that are completely daring, original and unexpected and on-paper 'Have On One Me' easily could have been a throwaway, but even after this triple album, her scorecard is perfect. Expand
  7. BradP
    Mar 7, 2010
    Sprawling and unfocused, the songs are a blur of delicate sounds that don't appear to mean a damn thing.

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