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Sprout and the Bean Maxi, Import

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 30 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Maxi, Import
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B00064WSMS
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1. Sprout And The Bean - Soanna Newsom
2. What We Have Known - Soanna Newsom

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Sprouting, flourishing Jan. 21 2007
By EA Solinas - Published on
Format: Audio CD
One of the more charming songs on Joanna Newsom's debut "Milk Eyed Mender" is a charming little harp-folk ballad, "Sprout and the Bean." This single features that song, and tacks on another little freak-folk melody that isn't quite as good, but still quite solid.

"I slept all day/awoke with distaste/and I railed/and I raved," Newsom sings in her fairy-on-acid voice, over a bed of harp strings that ripple or twang, and grow more urgent and fast-paced as the song progresses. "That the difference between/the sprout and the bean/is a golden ring/it is a twisted string..." It's all full of kings, boats, fairy tale atmospheres, and men in white coats -- time in an asylum, perhaps?

It's followed by the stranger "What We Have Known." It's a more lo-fi song, but the harp is less flamboyant and Newsom sounds like she's circling around the listener, crooning slyly in their ear. It's not as intriguing as the elusive "Sprout and the Bean," but it is fairly interesting.

Either you love Newsom, or you hate her -- her bizarro music, tripped-out childlike vocals and spare harp are all very unique. The "Sprout and the Bean" single is probably a good place to become acquainted with her style, and figure out whether you like what she turns out.

Her music is almost entirely harp, played like a quirky folk guitar, and the melodies that spill out of it are raw and unadorned. But her voice is what really makes it stand out -- she sounds like a tripping pixie, always with a note of wonder in her voice. Again, either you'll love her cracked, trippling voice for its bizarre charm, or you'll hate it because it's not typical.

The same applies to her obscure lyrics -- it's hard to tell exactly what these poetry-like lyrics are about, but Newsom brings across a sense of urgency and tragedy. ("We can't remember what was spoke/so we stare in wonder at the smoke/what it begets is born alone/we know not now what we have known...")

"Sprout and the Bean" is a good place to get acquainted with Joanna Newsom's trickling freak-folk, her harp, and her weird voice. Definitely worth hearing.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
we heart joanna newsom! Aug. 7 2005
By spacedog - Published on
Format: Audio CD
as we wait impatiently for joanna's next full-length, we have this little EP to help tide us over. this EP features the superb "sprout and bean" video, which i was eager to get having gotten hooked on joanna through the much poorer-quality video from her label's site. this EP also includes one new 6-minute track w/ joanna, as w/ most of her debut album, on solo harp. the track isn't quite an immediate must-have, and it's nice and gentle (rather like "en gallop" if you know the album), but if you're like me it'll give you the same chills as all her songs do. in short, as w/ EPs in general if you're a big fan you'll love this o/w try the album first.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great little side companion to milk-eyed mender May 7 2008
By Memento Mori - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you love Joanna's unique sound and lyrics like those heard on her last full-length "The Milk-Eyed Mender" then you'd probably appreciate this two track disc which contains a more heartfelt and less 'studio' version of 'Sprout and the Bean' as well as an unreleased track 'What We Have Known' which I think is a great track and likely ranked amongst her best works.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Joanna June 3 2006
By Tim - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Her music is very rare and extraordinary, but it is not for everyone. Some people can't handle her voice and therefore dislike her. But if you listen real close, she will make you happy.
sweet Feb. 24 2006
By Steven Perry - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
the best part of this is the high quality video of sprout and bean. brilliant video to match a brilliant song. great to see footage of joanna too. i get the chills over and over when i watch this video. simply precious.