Joanna Newsom - Ys
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2006 Ratings: #9 / 687
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Based on 743 ratings
2006 Ratings: #1
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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.
The result, I believe, is a singular work of art whose power will only grow over time.
Slant Magazine
The album is a precious—in every sense of the word—masterpiece.
The Observer

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


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


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.

She doesn’t just rescue the freak-folk scene from hollow caricature, she bestows it with real human depth.
In years to come, we’ll be sure to see Newsom’s positive and now almost essential influence.
Starting off Classics Week with some music that's perhaps one for the ages.

The gentleness of a blackbird's feather, the ferocity of a tidal wave. Lush, orchestral arrangements blossom in wondrous beauty like a cherry tree in springtime. Taxing as it is fulfilling, Joanna Newsom crafted an especial substantive singer-songwriter landmark with Ys. Its unfeigned, heartstruck, evocative preciousness and passion still fresh as newly ripe fruit, glistening and delicate as the strings of her harp. ... read more
Joanna Newsom recorded one of the most disconcerting albums of the 2000's, "Ys". A spellbinding album made up of five tracks, the shortest of which is just over seven minutes and the longest almost seventeen. The baroque universe of this album is entirely formed and based on unusual instruments, which come out of the routine of rock and folk. It is an orchestra of strings that illuminate the voice of Joanna, and finally, the harp is discreet. Newsom, from his most intimate ... read more
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

Edit: ... read more
SJO COUNTER: 50!!!!!!!!

oh boy fiddlesticks this is a very unpopular opinion to end SJO off, anyways I cant really review every single album so this was very hard for me, but I managed to do it with reviews that had nothing to do with the album like this one

this was very fun but i was stressed doing it
Toaster: Yeah I'm emotionally stable

Joanna Newsom: *Shifts an octave with her voice*

Toaster: *Sudden Heart Attack*

Goddamn, this FLOORS me. Never has an album by its first second grabbed my attention and forced me to get transported to it's world. This leaves me in TEARS by the end without FAIL! I played this for my friend yesterday, and that was a huge mistake! Didn't expect to have an out of body experience while trying to chill.

Joanna paints such a vivid picture and to be honest, I ... read more
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Track List

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