Joanna Newsom “Milk-Eyed Mender” [Drag City]
Thurston Hunger 6/17/2004 12-inch, A Library, Format
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!
you heard it 80 times on kfjc! most recently:
- 1220 days ago, Bryan Chandler played The Book of Right-On
- 1224 days ago, Sally Goodin played Inflammatory Writ
- 2359 days ago, Herb Rockwell played Cassiopeia
- 2439 days ago, Fox Populi played Sprout and the Bean
- 2819 days ago, Pete Dixon played Sprout and the Bean
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