Annabel Mehran
Simon Vozick-Levinson
February 17, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

Have One on Me

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Joanna Newsom
genre
Folk

We gave it an A-

Three discs of Joanna Newsom’s harp-assisted poetry might daunt even some of her fans, let alone her detractors. Yet Have One on Me, this two-hour-plus triple album isn’t as ?overwhelming as it might ?initially appear. While Newsom remains the most intricate lyricist currently working ?outside of rap, her melodies have become cleaner, her ?arrangements less mannered, and her singing more ?straightforwardly heartfelt. Rich rewards await those patient enough to hear her out. A?

Download These:
Tangled, 11-minute Have One on Me at last.fm
Sweet lullaby Esme at last.fm

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