- The Milk-Eyed Mender

Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
CRITIC SCORE
85
Based on 6 reviews
2004 Rank: #13 / 284
USER SCORE
84
Based on
91 ratings

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78
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
GoldenChords
90
"And all that I want
And all that I need
And all that I've got is scattered like seed
And all that I knew is moving away from me"

Think I usually tend to like albums in whose the listener can smell the scenes of youth and inexperience —mainly debut albums—, and this, this piece of art, says it in every single minute of any song. Even the cover says it.

Joanna Newsom's music, for me, it's like an ancient medieval epic story about the youth. Stories of love and impossible ... read more
NR
An excellent debut and an almost great album. The best thing is that there's much more to come from this musical genius.
MarkCooper
85
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
JustAReflektor
85
very impressive.......muh friendships....
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 10 - Pitchfork
# 40 - SPIN
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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