- 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.
- Record Label: Drag City
- Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
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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.
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.
LisaFeb 25, 2010Amazing. Just. Amazing.
TedGFeb 24, 2010I know making a comparison of any band to the Beatles a a no-no, but to me this is her white album. Not as concise, perhaps not as perfectly constructed as her previous album, but in it's way it is almost more impressive. In the two hours there isn't a moment that could be changed, every song, despite their numbers and lengths is great. If one was not familiar with Joanna Newsom's career, they might thing it was a best of collection.… Expand
RodrigoAApr 8, 2010Fantastic. 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.
Jul 14, 2012There 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
AdamHApr 17, 2010Its only fault is that there's too much of it for one listen. Even writing this I feel like I'm nit-picking. Maybe I'll change my vote next year when I've digested it completely.… Expand
BradPMar 7, 2010Sprawling and unfocused, the songs are a blur of delicate sounds that don't appear to mean a damn thing.
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