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Time Travelling Minstrel woos iPod Generations
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 10/03/2011 12:12:14
I have to echo the other reviews here, this is a bone fide classic to be. May be one of the best you will ever buy. Ever! You may look at the tracklisting and wonder why so few tracks, or a girl and a harp?That cover? Surely not. But it is.
A challenge and not for everyone, but if you are a music lover and have any sort of half decent equipment to translate this disc into audio, give it its chance. It's one of those albums that rewards the listener for listening. It doesn't shout from the rooftoops, it doesn't grab your throat, but it does grab your mind. Deft songwriting leaves snippets of lines in your brain each and every listen. Different ones each time. There are stories within stories, songs within songs, I listened to it on repeat for a couple of hours last night and just let it flow over me with a glass of wine, and was pleased to have discovered it.
Today I listened again, through iPod while walking the dog and heard whole tales I'd missed the previous evening. A fascinating, unpigeon-holeable work for anyone who is curious and can give it the time it needs to weave its magic.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: bluntpixel on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
not easy listening but beautiful
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 02/02/2010 22:14:48
Ys is a suite of 5 epic songs, structured in a similar way to a classical suite. this might put some people off, but if youre open minded you'll be in for a great musical experience
the best way to experience Ys is to relax, maybe with a glass of wine/cup of tea (or whatever else you might relax with) & just listen to it!
the music has elements of classical & folk music but it's hard to pigeonhole it to any specific genre. it's just a great piece of art. the lyrics are another strong point, they feel more like romantic/renaissance poetry than song lyrics. the songwriting is like that on her first album but much deeper and on a much more epic scale.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: celticpunkguy on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Ys - Joanna Newsom
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 20/01/2010 13:53:56
Brilliant and original album. Her songs are more like poetic tales kind of 'illustrated' by the Music. The strings jut in and out and are like no other string arrangements I've ever heard. Beautiful and heartfelt - each listen reveals more and more. Check out the EP also for a brilliant even better version of Cosmia.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Domain on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
A Work of Genius
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 27/01/2008 23:40:37
Don`t expect an easy listen with this album. It`s possibly one of the best albums ever made - but you probably won`t enjoy it straight away. Joanne Newsome has an amazingly beautiful , childlike , painful and entrancing voice all in one !! The songs are long , but beautifully constructed , and the more you listen the more you`ll hear each time . Poetic , sublime - it seeps into your soul - and will not let go...You need to be willing to go on a long journey with this album. It will be well worth it - as it`s one of the most beautiful albums ever made. She`s totally unique - and I know the more you listen to this album the richer the experience will be - and I`m in for the long long listen. If you have not heard of Joanna Newsome before and want an album really unlike anything else out there -and are ready for a challenge - then you won`t be dissapointed.This album is for life not just now.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: rubberbus on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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