Ys (2006) Few recent releases were as acclaimed — and debated — as this California-based artist's harp-strewn kook-folk debut, The Milk-Eyed Mender (2004). On Ys , she… 2006-11-14 Joanna Newsom Folk Indie Rock
Music Review

Ys (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 14, 2006; Lead Performance: Joanna Newsom; Genres: Folk, Indie Rock

Few recent releases were as acclaimed — and debated — as this California-based artist's harp-strewn kook-folk debut, The Milk-Eyed Mender (2004). On Ys, she remains an acquired taste, but co-producer (and legendary Brian Wilson collaborator) Van Dyke Parks and a gorgeous full orchestra have an ameliorating effect on the too-precious warble that either bewitches or repels. There is still something unsettlingly Renaissance fair-meets-Wind in the Willows about her music, yet something lovely lives there as well.

Originally posted Nov 17, 2006 Published in issue #908 Nov 24, 2006 Order article reprints