#15-JOANNA NEWSOM-Have One On Me (Drag City)


The question was on everybody’s mind. How could Joanna Newsom follow up her impressively ambitious second record ‘Ys’? The answer: with an even more ambitious proposition; a triple record in times where the conventional concept of album is getting dangerously close to become an anachronism and formats boasting fewer songs as well as the individual track download reign supreme; also coming back to a simplicity of arrangements that leaves behind the Baroque ways of Van Dyke Parks. Arguably ‘Have One On Me’ could have been a better record if shorter or more lavishly produced, but as an artistic statement is another establishment defying triumph.

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