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    Joanna Newsom “Milk-Eyed Mender” [Drag City]

    Guileless yet wily comes Joanna Newsom. A recent adoptee of
    the Bay Area, has touched notes and hearts with the Pleased
    and Nervous Cop, this album is nearly 100% her and her alone.
    Pluckier than her harp strings and luckier than the stars
    above, her soothing songs connect ancient Greek minstrels to
    Vulcan folk songs. Her harp is such a mammoth instrument,
    its menacing stature belieing its lamb-like nature. Newsom’s
    voice exists outside of time, she likely sang this way when
    she was 8, and still will when she’s 80. At her shriller
    moments, she may prove too much the harpy for some. For me,
    I’m completely enchanted…having seen her live next to
    her harp enhanced the childlike nature of the performance.
    She does play some other instruments here as well, including
    harpsichord adding to the anachronistic pull of this LP.
    It’s a cozy album, in package and in play. Her lyrical
    wool-gathering kept me enrapt, others may find it too
    bramble and briar. For me, it’s just plum peachy!

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 17, 2004 at 1:10 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library,Format
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