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Milk-Eyed Mender [Import]

Joanna Newsom Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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The official debut album from gifted singer, songwriter, and harpist JOANNA NEWSOM. Twelve engaging tracks rooted in the folk of the 1960s and the current bluegrass revival, but on a plane all its own. Whimsical themes meet with a playful approach, the harp's plucked beauty and Newsom's one-of-a-kind vocal delivery.

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Format:Audio CD
There seems to be a high tide of young, female singer-songwriters rising everywhere, and Joanna Newsom is another wonderful example of it, a young woman making intelligent, daring and emotionally honest music -others I'm thinking of and recommend wholeheartedly are Laura Veirs, from Seattle, Jolie Holland, and UK's own Polly Paulusma.
Newsom, in addition to her abilities as a composer, is an accomplished harpist, which she showcases very appropriately throughout this -her debut- album. To me, at least, it's interesting how an instrument so seldom used sounds so beautifully fitting and gives the songs included here such distinct and soulful touch.
One thing I've found somewhat misleading, after having heard this album, is the several references I read about her music being described as "psych-folk." If you have read such comments too, I suggest you think of her as some sort of descendant of Donovan or Vashti Bunyan: someone capable, as those mentioned were, of creating wondrous worlds through her lyrics and enchanting moods with her melodies.
The only element that, I believe, is worth cautioning you about is her voice, that in certain songs -definitely not all- may bring to mind what Mojo Magazine depicted as a young girl trying to sound like an old woman, and which I'll describe as reminiscent of Melanie circa Woodstock. This, at first listening it took me a certain getting used to.
All in all, Joanna Newsom is another singular new voice coming out of the same talented scene that has given us Devendra Banhart and the group Vetiver, fellow artists hailing from San Francisco and making music just as wonderfully theirs and impressively mature already, as "Milk-Eyed Mender."
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real gem, if you're game April 1 2004
By skytwo
Format:Audio CD
Joanna Newsom will never find a popular audience. The idea of a classically-trained singing harpist who plays American folk music would pretty much guarantee that, but Newsom's vocals are also an acquired taste-- of the sort that probably causes most fans to endure accusations of just trying to be hip, and not actually enjoying the music.
However, if you take in some of the samples and decide that you find Newsom's voice charming rather than grating, you're in for a special treat. For a young whippersnapper, her music manages to include many sophisticated elements, including a pleasantly reverent, old-timey, Appalachian sound that lingers beneath the atmospheric melodies. The American south that Newsom creates is highly idealized, but never so decrepit or depressing as to be gothic.
The lyrics are as important as the music, and although they can sometimes be frustratingly obscure, they are often disarmingly witty ("like a slow, low-flying turkey/ like a Texan drying jerky"), and even make ironic use of the pretentious academic jargon that seems to have become the lingua franca of 'empowered' college women these days. Yes, it's smart and artsy, but it's also genuinely fresh and engaging. Keep up the good work, Ma'am.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Major new artist May 10 2004
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Joanna Newsom has been a figure in the Bay Area music scene for a while. She has played with The Pleased. She has toured with Cat Power and Will Oldham. She has played on records like Vetiver and Nervous Cop. She has been a force in the new folk scene that was spearheaded by Devendra Banhart. She is twenty-one years old and she has released a half dozen records. Her own material was separate and unique. She self-released a few CDs to sell at shows. She recorded these herself without knowing much about production. They are just voice and harp. Those two CDs would get around the world by word of mouth. Soon she was signed to a real label and had to take off some time from The Pleased. This record is a better recording than her previous stuff. She went into a real studio to do it. The vocals are doubled sometimes. There are additional instruments. It is not over produced or over arranged. It is still raw. It takes the best songs from the past and adds a few new ones. It is a great debut.
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Joanna Newsom sticks out as a truly original voice in the world of "alternative"/"neo-folk"/ etc....
Whatever you want to call it I have been completely blown away by this album. Strong and simple songwriting and production allows her "vision" to come through.
I can't believe that I am the first to mention it, but Ms. Newsom seems to have a real kinship with Victoria Williams...
Both artists seem to be creating genuine music without pretrense.
Sure, some people may be put off by her voice, but I personally love it.... I put her in the company of the aforementioned Victoria Williams, as well as Mary Margaret O'Hara, Vic Chesnutt, Devendra Barnhardt, Will Oldham, even Rickie Lee Jones...
Download the free songs off of the Dragcity.com and see if you can resist the lure.
Artists this "real" are few and far between..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it or Hate it July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
People will compare Joanna Newsom to Bjork and this is a good comparison. They don't sound alike, (Bjork is more siren, Joanna is more coal minor, and I mean that in the best way possible) although they both have amazing voices. This is not the reason for comparison. The reason they are comparable is that you will either love this music or hate it. It is revolutionary and beautiful new music or it is akin to cats howling in an alley. I love both of these artists and think they are the greatest thing since sliced bread (or maybe even the printing press). I would suggest you listen to the samples and if it catches you, buy the cd because you will not regret it. I have also seen her live (after I fell in love with the album) and it was a highly recommended experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars milk eyed mender
During an interview at a kitchen table in Soho sometime last month, Will Oldham mentioned Joanna Newsom as one of his favorite storytellers. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2008 by T. Bigney
1.0 out of 5 stars Fingernails across a blackboard
I bought this on recommendation. As soon as the first track started and I heard this astonishing voice...well...I lasted three minutes. It was all I could bear. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2007 by David T. Mathias
5.0 out of 5 stars I do not know my own way to the sea
Joanna Newsom is one of the weirdest folksters around today, with her trippy little pastoral melodies and that incredibly weird, stoned-fairy voice. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars an interesting new voice
Instantly loved this album. If cats could sing, this is what they'd sound like. In a nice way. Happy contented cats. Fluffy. Naive and childlike (but not childish). Read more
Published on March 13 2006 by "karma20"
5.0 out of 5 stars Courage and Purity=Truth
The CD was an unexpected gift and a gift it was! The card read, "Give this a few tries." Well, the first nano second of music broke through years of personal, illusive... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by "sniklefritz"
5.0 out of 5 stars by all means, listen to tracks online
Some reviewers below have complained about Joanna Newsom's "wretched" voice, perhaps because they were hoping for Joni Mitchell or Joan Baez. Read more
Published on July 15 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange
"Milk-Eyed Mender" is certainly not for everyone, and though respectable for its stark originality is nothing short of an "acquired taste." Ms. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by R
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but no.
My Father bought this CD based on the glowing reviews from the New York Times. We both recoiled in disbelief as the harp & keyboard drowned out into wretched sounding vocals. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by C. Kim
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but no.
My Father bought this CD based on the glowing reviews from the New York Times. We both recoiled in disbelief as the harp & keyboard drowned out into wretched sounding vocals. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by C. Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars "Whimsically Poetic, She Soars and Sails" says NY Times
I, too, bought this album on the basis of the New York Times glowing review of her concerts in New York City and I am so glad I did. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Claudia G. Goddard
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