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Have One On Me

Joanna Newsom

Have One On Me

Third album of new folk - and a triple at that - from the harp-playing Californian bard

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  1. 10.0 |   Mojo

    A sprawling work of unquestionable artistry that's as clever as it is poignant, it also sees Newsom give the best songwriters of her generation a run for their money. Print edition only

  2. 10.0 |   Uncut sounds very much like a second masterpiece: a different kind of epic to Ys, and one with enough hooks and charms to ensnare at least a few Newsom agnostics
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  3. 10.0 |   musicOMH

    Have One On Me is winding, long-winded, densely poetic, and often challenging; but never tedious or self-indulgent. Remarkably, there's not a second of filler across its 125 minutes
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  4. 10.0 |   The Sunday Times

    A challenging album, certainly, but this is already sounding like her masterpiece
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  5. 10.0 |   The List

    Have One On Me is extraordinary; a haunting and comforting triple-album that soars from country ballads and jazz laments to tarantellas and fanfare psalms
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  6. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Triple albums are a risk, but Newsom pulls this off beautifully
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  7. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Some four years in the making, Have One On Me will continue to reveal aspects of as-yet-undiscovered beauty for that long again
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  8. 10.0 |   No Ripcord

    Please, buy this album. Don’t download it, buy it on a physical CD, hell, buy it on vinyl. Get rid of outside distractions, remove any white noise and give Have One On Me the full attention it deserves as one of the finest albums of this, or any, year
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  9. 10.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The melodies, rooted in folk and gospel, are the melodies you have heard in old movies, in a small town’s portable radios, on you father’s old records
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  10. 9.2 |   Pitchfork

    The best songs feel more like conversations rather than artworks to be hung on the wall and admired from several paces away. Newsom seems to sing from somewhere deep inside of them, and her earthy presence has a way of drawing you in, bringing you closer to her music than you've been before
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  11. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Have One On Me is suffused with space, invention and playfulness, even in the face of Newsom’s sometimes unnerving intensity. It’s also exceptionally beautiful
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  12. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    ... goes through so many shifts and changes, it's difficult to get a handle on it, but the result is thrilling rather than frustrating
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  13. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It’s a testament to Newsom’s art that she can pull a listener so deeply below the surface, those depths are so obvious (three discs worth) that it marks this album as a grower, as something that won’t fully unravel in the mind for quite some time
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  14. 9.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    Newsom’s work is one that is fine tuned and highly nuanced. The way she lifts and drops her voice in a split second makes it seem at time like there is more than one person singing the vocals
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  15. 9.0 |   The Digital Fix album that wears its heart proudly on its sleeve, a brave, proud and sumptuous testament to the talents of an artist at the height of her powers
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  16. 9.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Those turned off by Ys should listen to Have One On Me and reconsider their opinion of Newsom... needless to say, existing converts will find a wealth of treasures inside
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  17. 9.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    It is a monumental work in more ways than one
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  18. 9.0 |   Blurt

    These songs are both instantly hummable and enduring
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  19. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Her melodies are still ambitious, her intervals still exuberant, though there's a hoarseness, an odd sudden drop at the end of her breath that alters the syllabic quantities of some lines.
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  20. 8.5 |   Bowlegs

    Like a jazz record’s sprawling sketchbook, attention is required for the greatest reward
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  21. 8.5 |   The Observer

    Newsom's work performed a great leap forward between her debut, 2004's The Milk-Eyed Mender, and Ys; there is a correspondingly Knievel-like vault here
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  22. 8.0 |   Q

    This is a record so richly involving that it promises to throw up fresh delights weeks, or even months, down the line. Print edition only

  23. 8.0 |   NME

    An Elsyian record that you'll return to again and again. Print edition only

  24. 8.0 |   Spin

    Newsom never ventures beyond established parameters or quickens beyond a stately pace. Instead, she simply delves deeper and gives what few artists can deliver
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  25. 8.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    ...there is a depth to the material here that rewards — nay, demands — repeated scrutiny
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  26. 8.0 |   The Times

    You may glare at your iTunes browser and notice that here’s another that checks in at nine minutes. Once again it might seem like a commitment, but time drags only when you notice its passing
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  27. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    At two-hours-plus, it's a record that demands concentration to appreciate its splatterings of beauty. But pour yourself a glass and listen, because they don't make them like this too often
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  28. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    ...a towering creative achievement, capable of delivering new pleasures for months and years to come
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  29. 8.0 |   State

    Have One On Me is less of a statement than Ys, both in scope and content, but there’s no getting around the fact that it’s blooming with its own sense of confidence, as well as a very strong feminine presence
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  30. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    here’s a new directness in songs such as this which may even convert the doubters to Newsom’s unique, mesmeric and magnificent sound
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  31. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Newsom sounds, relatively speaking, downright conventional on Have One. After the odd, goading arrangements of 2006’s Ys, she seems to have prioritized clarity and space
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  32. 7.0 |   All Music

    At its best, Have One on Me is an impressive album with the intimacy of a live performance
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  33. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Time will tell if this has the staying power it promises; and if, in its sprawling form, it can achieve the same sense of solidity that Ys seems to possess
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  34. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    ...her latest firmly establishes her as a singer-songwriter to be reckoned with
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  35. 4.0 |   PopMatters

    In the digital world, a triple album is just a few more ones and zeroes to fit on the hard drive. It’s too bad really, that Have One on Me is so overdone because there’s a decent album hidden somewhere in there
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  36. 4.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The end result is a strange, and strangely pretentious mess
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