Joanna Newsom - Ys
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2006 Ratings: #8 / 614
User Score
Based on 450 ratings
2006 Ratings: #1
November 14, 2006 / Release Date
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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.
WhatTheFunk
100
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
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
KIDWITHGUNs
95
If we're being honest... this is some Disney-Pixar type shit

But it's still a near-MASTAPEECE
Toasterqueen12
100
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
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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END OF YEAR LISTS

#3/Paste
#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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