The Milk-Eyed Mender
Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
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Based on 6 reviews
2004 Rank: #14 / 284
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From the ambling, country-style folk tale of Sadie, to the hearty, galloping piano sing-along of Inflammatory Writ, The Milk-Eyed Mender is like a travelling scrapbook of Americana, varying wildly in pace and tone, but with not a single bad song among them.

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There isn't a poorly written song to be found, both musically and lyrically. Moving effortlessly from soft, gorgeous balladry (the stunning album closer "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie") to lively, bubbly tunes (the strident and animated "Inflammatory Writ"), Newsom's ability to give life to her mesmerizing, heartfelt narratives never falters.
Jan 26, 2017
Before Joanna Newsom became the mystical, timeless music icon she is today, she was a shining, raw gem of an artist, and her debut record, The Milk-Eyed Mender displays that facet just perfectly. This album's structure is far from the majestic, epic transcendental pieces of both Ys and Have One on Me, where she offered powerful visions of her many talents in full-form. Here she sounds much more like an innocent, but incredibly prodigious little girl exposing for the first time her enchanting ... read more
Oct 3, 2016
An excellent debut and an almost great album. The best thing is that there's much more to come from this musical genius.
Apr 21, 2016*
A really young record. Joanna doesn't quite have a full grasp on her vocal range and delivery, which is why it's such an important album in her discography. It's a recorded moment in her artistic growing years. And a freaking awesome one at that.

My childhood dog growing up was also named Sadie, so that song really hits home too.

Favorite Tracks: Sadie, Swansea, En Gallop
Track List
  1. Bridges and Balloons
  2. Sprout and the Bean
  3. The Book of Right-On
  4. Sadie
  5. Inflammatory Writ
  6. This Side of the Blue
  7. "En Gallop"
  8. Cassiopeia
  9. Peach, Plum, Pear
  10. Swansea
  11. Three Little Babes
  12. Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
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