The Word On... Joanna Newsom, Have One On Me

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The Independent Culture

"Set aside an afternoon, pull down the shutters and immerse yourself in it... It might take a week, a month, or even a year for it to yield up all its treasures; but after only a week in its company, this reviewer's instincts tell him that 'Have One on Me' is a masterpiece." -

"The best songs feel more like conversations rather than artworks to be hung on the wall and admired... Newsom seems to sing from somewhere deep inside of them, and her earthy presence has a way of drawing you in, bringing you closer to her music." -

"It's not daring when there's not much at stake. In the digital world, a triple album is just a few more ones and zeroes to fit on the hard drive. It's too bad really, that 'Have One on Me' is so overdone because there's a decent album hidden somewhere in there." -

"Musically, Newsom sounds, relatively speaking, downright conventional... What has grown more idiosyncratic is Newsom's voice, which sounds fuller and wanders into disparate ranges reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Kate Bush." -