This was the time we first heard Joanna Newsom. It was one of those moments where you hear something so original you aren't sure whether to cover your ears or bounce around the room proclaiming a new genius in town. Her's were wandering songs of a distinctly folky tone but played on the most exquisite harp playing of all time. Then she sang, a sort of high-pitched child-like squeak that wandered over the songs like a dog's squeaky toy in search of a resting place. Lovely though.
Vinyl LP £17.99 DC263
LP on Drag City.
9/10 Penrith Steve 6th November 2014
“The Milk-Eyed Mender” is the highly accomplished debut album from Joanna Newsom. Each album she has done has been quite different, whilst still having a defining stamp of Joanna Newsom’s originality. Her harp playing adds richness to songs that are already original in structure and execution. “Sadie” is the album’s centerpiece. It is an astonishing six-minute piece that ebbs and flows and is seemingly about her dog.
“The Spout and the Bean”, “Peach, Plum, Pear” and “Inflammatory Writ” are other outstanding examples of her musicianship and poetry. Some people can’t get past her voice enough to listen to her. Some people are also wrong.
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