Have One On Me - Joanna Newsom
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Universal acclaim- based on 191 Ratings

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  1. Nov 11, 2010
    Maybe the only ''classic'' album released in 2010, each Joanna's album is better than the previous one. Probably she's the best contemporary songwriter.
  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. Sep 29, 2010
    If one were to superficially look at Joanna Newsom's 3 LP album, he or she would probably assume that she sacrificed quality over quantity. But instead, every song of this album is gem in its own way. Newsom takes a different approach with this album, as she steps towards a more mainstream style of sound focusing more on the piano rather than the harp. Ys focused on being like a fairytale experience, while Milk Eyed Blender was more childlike. Newsom settles down in this album sitting on the piano, but still brings her beautiful lyrics to the table. Each album is separated into 3 LP records with about 5-6 songs on each of them. Each LP has a separate theme that the audience will found out for themselves. This is an open experience, and the separation of the songs enables this variety. The album starts with Easy, an elaborate song that utilizes percussion and piano beautifully. This sets the pace for the rest of the album as they are equally good or better. But the highlight of the first album is "Good Intentions Paving Company." This is as close Newsom will come close to a rock/pop song as it is unusually fast-paced using brass instruments, piano, and percussion. The second album contains "In California," as song that is much similar to "Does Not Suffice," which is seen in the final album. Both of these songs are connected in a way, which show the much thought Newsom put in the album. But perhaps the best song on Have One On Me is "Soft As Chalk." There are multiple tempo changes, beautiful solos, and abstract lyrics. It is the highlight of the whole album. Joanna Newsom's album is flawless. It is not only an album, but an experience. If you can get over her eccentric vocal style, you will find 2 hours of beauty, thought, and heart. Expand
  4. Raj
    Oct 12, 2010
    There are the makings of a fabulous album in here. If the track list was cut to 7 or 8 songs and chosen carefully, I would undoubtedly be considering a mark of 9 or 10, however, more than half of the 18 songs included are nothing better than mediocre and listening to 2 hours plus of mediocrity, with the occasional highlight is a bit of a grind. This was the first Newsom album I bought but I think this should probably remain one for the established fans. Expand
  5. 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
  6. Dec 29, 2010
    As a rule, I hate dance music just slightly less than actually dancing, but this is pretty damn good. Far, far less monotonous than most of its ilk. For folks like me, a good listen, and great to clean house to!
  7. Nov 22, 2011
    A great album is somewhere in here, although Newsom needs to do some editing to find it. While some songs deserve their drawn out running time--the heartfelt cowboy ballad Baby Birch and the truly interesting medieval-style madrigal Kingfisher--others feel bloated and stretched out for no reason whatsoever. Further frustrating this drawn-out quality is Newsom's new singing style, which involves stretching out every vowel to last a full two seconds, in a sometimes comedic imitation of mid-70's Joni Mitchell. 'In youuuuuuuuuuur arms....yoouuuuuuuuuur arms" she sings in No Provenance, by the end of which I'm wanting to run as far from those arms as I can manage. And considering that she'll be singing that song for another eight minutes, i'll probably get a good headstart. However the album (or albums) do see Newsom trying on some new musical duds, some of which work surprisingly well. The Peanuts-style jazz of Good Intentions Paving Company (is that the shortest name you could find? Can't you edit anything?) isn't half bad, and neither is the barroom drawl of "Soft as Chalk". But it's in these more accessibe, pop-oriented tracks that the length really becomes a problem. I'm very glad to let Newsom take me on a strange and delightful 11-minute journey in the title track, visiting Lola Montez and 19th century Spain and daddy long legs; this is territory that only Newsom could think up. But I'm not as keen on hearing seven solid minutes of Newsom's (a-hem) 'interesting' vibrato on Good Intentions, or the list of absolutely everything she has left in a lover's bedroom on the final track, Does Not Suffice. (Which is a reprise of In California, man, does Newsom love to just circle round and round.) This is a great collection of demos. Now edit out all the filler and I would be glad to have one on you. Just not three. Expand
  8. 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
  9. Jul 14, 2012
    There is no better description for this album than "beautiful". At times this beauty is inspiring, at other times heartbreaking. Every song invites the listener on a journey -- sometimes short and sweet ("On a Good Day"), but more often long, mysterious, and tangential (everything else). Delicate, thoughtful arrangements weave seamlessly into the magical environment created by Newsom's intriguing vocal style. While the first few outings may leave the listener overwhelmed or confused, infecting melodies and lovable nuances seem to sprout from the album on each repeated listen. Newsom is one of modern music's most ambitious, creative songwriters. So many of the songs on the album, like "Have One On Me" or "In California" to name a few, leave me wondering if I need to listen to anything else ever again. This album is a masterpiece. The only thing standing in the way of its perfection is its quantity. It is possible to have "too much of a good thing", and I believe this album does. Even so, this will be one of the albums I get lost in for the rest of my life. Expand
  10. Jul 30, 2012
    It'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
  11. Nov 27, 2013
    This is my favorite album, hands down. I am an alternative rock sort of guy (Radiohead is my favorite band), but this album completely stole my heart. It's hard for me to read negative reviews about her art. This album with any condensation would be a grave injustice. She takes you on a journey, and if you weren't prepared, should should have thought about that before you took on a three disk album. She is the most vulnerable and eager to share artist out there. Every single pluck of her harp, or the well places entry of a trombone is meant to stir something inside, and for me, it completely succeeds. This album has so much depth, so much range, and showcases such a raw talent, that it's undeniably a masterpiece. Joanna Newsom transcended musician to me, she is really the artist in the world I most respect.. She's a gift. Expand
  12. May 6, 2014
    I will be obsessing over this Album/s for the rest of my life. True love never truly dies. She is hands down the best storyteller and lyricist I can think of. Her songs are a construction of climax, shift, quicken, flow and ebb. I have personally listened to 'Have One On Me' enough to know it. It took me a long time, and quite a few complete listen-throughs. I never got bored, once. 'Baby Birch' has brought me to tears every time I've heard it. 'In California' is my favorite. Her lyrics are utterly haunting, and I think about them all the time. 'Well, I have sown untidy furrows across my soul, but I am still a coward, content to see my garden grow so sweet & full of someone else's flowers.' those lyrics will stick with me for ever. I am astonished by her ability, and sense of musical range. I have found her voice to be her weakest quality in past records, but she sounds so much more polished here, her tone is a little more concise. Bust out your thesaurus, it's everything synonymous with love, great, and beautiful. Expand

Universal acclaim - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. As an album, it is huge, sometimes overwhelming-- but such is the strength and individuality of Newsom’s vision, it seems almost inconceivable she could produce anything unremarkable.
  2. Much like a riveting movie keeps you in your seat, you’ll want to pay close attention to Joanna Newsom’s astonishing new album for fear of missing too much of the plot.
  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.