Joanna Newsom - Ys
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2006 Ratings: #7 / 607
User Score
Based on 252 ratings
2006 Ratings: #1
November 14, 2006 / Release Date
LP / Format
Drag City / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound
It’s a vivid and beautiful painting that you can walk into; a magic window into another world that I'd be happy to get lost in, and never come back.
100
PopMatters
The result, I believe, is a singular work of art whose power will only grow over time.
100
Slant Magazine
The album is a precious—in every sense of the word—masterpiece.
100
The Observer

Ys is an exceptional piece of art in the broadest sense - give it the chance to grow on you.

94
Pitchfork

Ys offers an endless wealth of substance, teeming with dense, well-mapped beauty.

90
AllMusic

Yes, Ys is a demanding listen, but it's also a rewarding and inspiring one. Letting it unfold and absorbing more each time you hear it is a delight.

90
Spin
She doesn’t just rescue the freak-folk scene from hollow caricature, she bestows it with real human depth.
90
Sputnikmusic
In years to come, we’ll be sure to see Newsom’s positive and now almost essential influence.
Sep 23, 2015*
MarkCooper
100
This is not my personal favorite album of all time. But, it might just be the best album of the 21st century to me. Bold statements for bolder music. This is the only album I've ever listened to that, no matter what I'm doing or where I am, I eventually find myself looking slightly upward in a vegetable-like state, a slender string of drool escaping my mouth. I completely cease to function when this is on, and probably always will.

Edit: Yeah this is my favorite album of all time

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Jun 9, 2018
morningsbell
98
I cried over a change in pitch of the vocals. It was too real and beautiful, just like the rest of this album.
May 9, 2018
meecha
NR
I know my rating is gonna go up eventually.
Mar 12, 2018
nemgax
100
this is so beautiful
Jan 15, 2017
hellodecatur
100
Joanna's most difficult record and also her most rewarding. Although some of these songs are deceptively simple in structure ("Emily" cycles through three or four distinct but equally arresting chord progressions), everything about this record feels massive and maximalist. You'll more than get the gist of Joanna's musical ambitions with one go-through, but repeated listens are also extremely rewarding since some great musical moments (especially in longer passages like "Only ... read more
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