Sunday, February 11, 2007

Top Albums 2006- #4

Joanna Newsom

Unmistakably one of the most talented songwriters of our generation. With Y’s, Joanna Newsom composed a classic. One that challenges the listener and, like her last effort, is endlessly rewarding to those who remain patient. As if her fairy-tale song structures weren’t enough, Van Dyke Parks colors these pieces with excellent orchestration adding to the adventure of the story. Newsom says these five pieces are all based on personal experiences, which is fascinating since all of them are told through fictitious characters and animals. This only reinforces her talents as an outstanding songwriter, and more importantly, a remarkable storyteller.


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