AOTY 2020
Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2010 Ratings: #13 / 879
Year End Rank: #16
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Based on 396 ratings
2010 Ratings: #2
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Have One On Me is winding, long-winded, densely poetic, and often challenging; but never tedious or self-indulgent.


The best songs feel more like conversations rather than artworks to be hung on the wall and admired from several paces away. 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 than you've been before.


At its best, these songs have the feel of an intimate live performance; at their worst, they’re lovely, but exhausting. Have One on Me is quite a technical achievement, but since Newsom has proven she can do just about anything, next time she shouldn’t try to do everything.


It’s too bad really, that Have One on Me is so overdone because there’s a decent album hidden somewhere in there. It’s an album the Newsom we saw in 2006 would have found, formed, and made shine.

"Damn, Joanna! There's no way you can make a worthy follow-up to Ys unless you, like, record a triple album that's somehow more ambitious in range yet also more accessible in content or something!"

JN: "Hold my drink."
Joanna Newsom yet again impresses me with how she can get a sound that's so personal yet grand, this time on a much larger scale than Ys. Somehow this album has kept me interested all the way through, which utterly amazes me just for the fact that 2 hour albums have been such challengin experiences for me in the past, but this album has kept me hooked for it's whole runtime for how absolutely beautiful it is. The percussion here is fantastic and the range that Newsom displays on this album, ... read more
Have One On Me is by far Joanna Newsom's most daunting album to date, and this is in reference to an artist whose music I have been afraid to digest just because I wasn't sure exactly what I was getting myself into. Although this triple album is an intimidating piece of art to tackle, it is by its end a refreshing and beautiful combination of songs.

As a follow-up to Ys, one of the most well-received albums in recent memory, Have One On Me is right on par with the best of that album. The ... read more
Considering the fact that she had to change her singing voice because of health issues while working on this 2-hour long engaging masterpiece of a follow-up brimming with diverse and unique instrumentation and amazing lyrics, I’m pretty blown away. I really don’t care about the length of the album at all to be honest. 2 hours? So what? It’s fucking amazing.
Probably the most amazingly consistent triple LP ever made. Somehow Joanna makes her 2 hours of overwhelmingly beautiful lyrics not tire you out by the end. You could restart this thing right after it finishes. That's saying something for a 2 hour album.

Favorite Tracks: Baby Birch, Kingfisher, Have One on Me, Jackrabbits, Go Long, In California

Least Favorite: Ribbon Bows
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Track List

Disc 1

  1. Easy
  2. Have One On Me
  3. '81
  4. Good Intentions Paving Company
  5. No Provenance
  6. Baby Birch

Disc 2

  1. On A Good Day
  2. You And Me, Bess
  3. In California
  4. Jackrabbits
  5. Go Long
  6. Occident

Disc 3

  1. Soft As Chalk
  2. Esme
  3. Autumn
  4. Ribbon Bows
  5. Kingfisher
  6. Does Not Suffice
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