Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Joanna Newsom la New York Sun:

Not many singer-songwriters have the guts to go out on the road and rock an unwieldy, if elegant, Celtic harp. Much less sing verse after verse of lyrics that take an almost archaic pleasure in language as a kind of lost kingdom: a fabulist realm where monkeys and bears are lovers, phrases like "hydrocephalitic listlessness" flow as easily as "moon" and "June," and the natural world becomes a boundless source for star-swept illumination.

Joanna Newsom, in fact, is the only one. And she's doing it again. In 2006, the 26-year-old performer toured with the small band behind her epic album "Ys" (pronounced "eees"; the name belongs to an ancient city of Breton myth)…

...Ms. Newsom is still engaged in that revelation, as she headlines shows tomorrow and Friday with members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic at the
Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House....

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