Wednesday, 15 December 2010

10 Best Albums of 2010: #5

5. Joanna Newsom, Have One On Me

“Come on, little life giver / Give your life.”

American singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom is one of those artists whose lyrically and musically dense work takes months, if not years, to unpack, so Have One On Me could be seen as a difficult work to decipher on first listen – and rightfully so, as its eighteen tracks are spread over three six-song discs. Therefore, it’s a pleasant surprise that Newsom has crafted her most accessible album to date, filled with rich, enveloping melodies and playfully literate lyrics in the vein of a 21st-century Joni Mitchell. The rousing opener “Easy” and the stunning “Jackrabbits” are only a taste of what Newsom offers here, on an album that requires a patient ear but rewards richly in return.

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