- 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.
Sep 22, 2010The 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
Sep 29, 2010If 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
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
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
Oct 12, 2010There 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
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