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Milk-Eyed Mender Import


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 17 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B0001KL526
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mark l gostine on June 30 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on the strength of a New York Times review that made Joanna Newsom sound like the greatest female vocalist since Joni Mitchell. I fired up the CD and was stung by how horrible her voice is. She sounds like a grade schooler learning the words to her own song. I thought the first track had to be a daughter or very young sister but I became depressed after the second track and realized this is her actual voice. I have a feeling this is some hip chick being promoted by the politically correct media, but she should make her career in orchestra. Do yourself a favor and listen to the tracks before you buy. I didn't because I trusted the NY Times. This album makes the case that music should be free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Bigney on Jan. 17 2008
Format: Audio CD
During an interview at a kitchen table in Soho sometime last month, Will Oldham mentioned Joanna Newsom as one of his favorite storytellers. At the time, I'd only passingly listened to her two self-released EPs, and was more familiar with her keyboard work with San Francisco's The Pleased and harp contributions to the Deerhoof/Hella side project Nervous Cop. But that's changed with the release of her first long player, The Milk-Eyed Mender. Here, the words to her meandering stories-- disarming in their formal purity, but still highly individualized and eccentric-- elaborate on an aesthetic that evokes French coins, dark maroon leaves, shafts of wheat, and ostrich feathers as much as it references them directly.
Born in Nevada City and currently residing in San Francisco, Newsom's yarns summon a deep, rustic South. A line in the buoyant "Bridges and Balloons" uses e.e. cummings neologisms and Omoo's breezy prosody to impart the tale of a winter's day on a fallible ship: "The sight of bridge and balloon/ Makes calm canaries irritable/ They caw and claw all afternoon/ 'Catenaries and dirigibles/ Brace and buoy the living room/ A loom of metal, warp-woof-wimble/ And a thimblesworth of milky moon/ Can touch hearts larger than a thimble." In "Sadie", the title character is asked to accept a pinecone and a bone, talismans to ward off death. Really, they're the gentlest tokens that mark the beginning of a relationship, and later reaffirm the love despite an inevitable move towards taciturnity.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2007
Format: Audio CD
Joanna Newsom is one of the weirdest folksters around today, with her trippy little pastoral melodies and that incredibly weird, stoned-fairy voice. And with "The Milk Eyed Mender," her debut album, Newsom embroiders a series of offbeat little harp songs with her unique lyrics and wonky voice.

"We sailed away on a winter's day/With fate as malleable as clay/But ships are fallible, I say/And the nautical, like all things, fades," Newsom sings mellowly in the opening song, over a plucky harp melody and a soft murmur of other instruments. She sings of crabby canaries, Narnia references, and "a thimble's worth of milky moon."

From there she veers into the trippling ballad "Sprout and the Bean," before slipping off into more eccentric harp-folk, laced with constellations, dragons, and "the book of right-on." She dabbles in haunting bluesy pop, languid little ballads full of nature's beauty, bizarre piano lo-fi stuff, shimmering folk songs like "Swansea," a countryish folk song, and mischievous and joyful organ pop.

Joanna Newsom is not for the timid or the closed-minded, the sort who think that the best music is the easily-digested stuff they show on MTV. Because this is the exact opposite -- sparse, melodious little tunes that tripple along in unpredictable ways, with a very atypical voice trilling behind it.

The main instrument here isn't guitar, as it is with most folk music -- it's harp, played with an echoing beauty with the occasional soft sweep of strings or synth behind it, and some piano adding a music-hall flavour. And Newsom can bend the harp to whatever sound she wants -- angular as a country guitar, gentle as a brook, soft, rippling or hesitant.
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Format: Audio CD
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).
Buy it.
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Format: Audio CD
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 waiting. I hadn't realized that I had been waiting but as joanna offered her lyrics and her cry, so did I...the words and the tunes were something I already knew deep inside...I was lead home soulfully, intelligently and oh so courageously and playfully. A virtuoso performance intimately showing how words/thoughts should sound and travel, where they will, around your heart's history. Not for everyone, but listen carefully and ask yourself carefully, "When was I ever this honest?"
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