Monday, July 16, 2007

Joanna Newsom - Joanna Newsom and the YS Street Band EP

Joanna Newsom
Joanna Newsom and The YS Street Band EP
(2007, Drag City)
9.5/10

Somehow Joanna Newsom's voice gets better with every release. Her newest EP, Joanna Newsom and The YS Street Band is expanitorily named. After extensive touring for last year's release YS, Joanna and four members from her touring band (The YS Street Band) recorded three songs live in-studio. The tracks include a version of "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie" off of Milk Eyed Mender, and "Cosmia" which happens to be my favorite song off of YS. The first track on the EP is a new song "Colleen," which has beautifully haunting lyrics, like every other Newsom song. It sounds like an old Irish ballad. The EP is basically a more celtic extension of YS, which means it's amazing, and a must have for anyone who saw Joanna and the YS Street Band play together live. It's absolutely beautiful. I suggest reading along the epic lyrics while listening to "Colleen," "Cosmia," or any song on YS.

-Sassigrass

3 comments:

Mr. Thistle said...
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Mr. Thistle said...

I am having a hard time with this EP. I think it is because Joanna's vocals are buried in the mix too much. Her voice is too good to be obscured. I might warm up to it a bit, but after the 11.0 out of 10 that was Ys, this is a little off for me: 7.5

Anonymous said...

too much like "fairy music" for me. i find it too dramatic and that is a turn off. i just can't get into her.