Here’s the first of the reviews of the “albums I have been obsessed with“. Lazily, I’d already reviewed Joanna Newsom’s second album Ys for the Big Chill website. Here’s a flavour of it, but you’ll have to go to Big Chill site to read the rest.
“When I first received my copy of Joanna Newsom’s second album, Ys, I was slightly disappointed to see that it only contained five songs. But after listening to them, it is clear that to call them mere songs is to do these fine works a great disservice.
They are epics. Four of the tracks are twisting, orchestral pieces, changing pace and tone over several distinct sections. In fact, the shortest clocks in at just over seven minutes. These are not your average pop songs.”
Also tacked onto that is a review of her gig at the Barbican from January of that year. It was a fantastic concert and I can still remember it so clearly.
For completeness, here’s my review of her gig at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, back in 2005, also for the Big Chill. It was the first time I’d seen her play live and I was utterly spellbound.