Joanna Newsom - Ys
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2006 Ratings: #8 / 612
User Score
Based on 297 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.
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

Edit: ... read more
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.
Strangelightsyd
88
First listen was very eh, not bad, just alright. The second listen really did open my eyes to what this album has to offer. The main reason I'm not giving this a suuuuper high score is her voice which means it has room to grow on me and it most likely will. Also, lyrics are a huge part of the appeal of this album which is another thing I can only see myself gaining more appreciation for with every listen.
amw100
98
This album honestly blew me away for how simplistic yet epic it is. I adore her voice and there wasnt one moment on the whole album that i didnt enjoy.

Edit (mini review): This beautiful masterpiece is a tight yet loose LP with colorful and beautiful landscapes but is also a bit melancholy at times. Newsom's fantastic voice and phenomenal harp playing over the orchestral background only add to this great album who's lyrics are it's highlights. I highly recommend this one to anyone who's ... read more
meecha
NR
I know my rating is gonna go up eventually.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#3/Pitchfork
#6/SPIN
#12/Cokemachineglow

Track List

  1. Emily
  2. Monkey & Bear
  3. Sawdust & Diamonds
  4. Only Skin
  5. Cosmia

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