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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: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Lisa
    Feb 25, 2010
    10
    Amazing. Just. Amazing.
  2. TedG
    Feb 24, 2010
    10
    I 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 I 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
  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. Sep 29, 2010
    10
    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.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
  5. Jul 14, 2012
    9
    There is no better description for this album than "beautiful". At times this beauty is inspiring, at other times heartbreaking. Every songThere 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
  6. Jan 18, 2012
    8
    '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'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
    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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