Have One On Me

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Universal acclaim- based on 206 Ratings

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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.

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Soft As Chalk
So, so long ago, and so far away When time was just a line That you fed me when you wanted to stay We'd talk as soft as chalk Till morning came, Pale... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Try to label what Newsom does in a sentence or two, and you just tie yourself in knots. Have One On Me will do little to change all that, and so the only clear point of reference is her own previous work. Beyond that, though, it’s enough to say that it’s her, and if you loved "Ys" as much as this writer did, you’re probably going to love Have One On Me also.
  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. 80
    She simply delves deeper and gives what few artists can deliver: a self-contained world of warmth, crystalline detail, and intimacy that lies far beyond a Twitter feed.
  6. Q Magazine
    80
    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]
  7. The end result is a strange, and strangely pretentious mess: an album pitted deep in the psychic world of stories that nonetheless can't figure out when it should begin, when it should end, or which parts are even worth the audience's attention.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Lisa
    Feb 25, 2010
    10
    Amazing. Just. Amazing.
  2. Dec 6, 2010
    10
    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
    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
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  3. Jul 30, 2012
    10
    It's obviously an ambitious recording: three discs of a singer known by her quirky voice and usually accompanied by a harp... But Joanna madeIt's obviously an ambitious recording: three discs of a singer known by her quirky voice and usually accompanied by a harp... But Joanna made it pixie-way beautiful. A step ahead from her previous work, now she has pianos, trumpets and the old harp, and her voice tone matured enough to prove herself to the critics. And now, her songwriting is in a higher level than in 'Ys', making her the most complete folk singer of our generation. Expand
  4. RodrigoA
    Apr 8, 2010
    10
    Fantastic. Joanna Newson is one of the greatest voices I have ever heard. Truly amazing. After "Ys" it was difficult to do better but she managed it.
  5. JimI
    Mar 6, 2010
    9
    Amazing album, her voice keeps getting better.
  6. JS
    Mar 3, 2010
    8
    A great album that could essentially be a lot shorter. I think in the end over saturation takes over. Nonetheless there some beautiful songs A great album that could essentially be a lot shorter. I think in the end over saturation takes over. Nonetheless there some beautiful songs like '81, among others. Expand
  7. BradP
    Mar 7, 2010
    3
    Sprawling and unfocused, the songs are a blur of delicate sounds that don't appear to mean a damn thing.

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