YMMV / Joanna Newsom

  • Awesome Music: Lots of it. The albums Ys and Have One on Me in particular (as well as the EP released between them) have a bountiful supply, but her early releases have plenty of gems as well, and she's continued her winning streak with Divers.
  • Broken Base: A fairly minor example compared to many, but there are fans who prefer her older sound (from her first two EPs and The Milk-Eyed Mender) and fans who prefer her more recent work. Most fans like both her styles just fine, though.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: "Emily" is a touching affirmation of sisterly love, and "Esme" is a song written for a newborn baby.
  • Even Better Sequel:
  • Fridge Brilliance: Once you figure out that "Colleen" is about a young mermaid, sea-nymph, or selkie who doesn't remember who she is, every word in the song makes sense.
    • Why would Monkey even care what the villagers would say about Bear if they saw her bathing? Because in treating Bear like his slave, Monkey is slowly becoming like a human himself.
  • Love It or Hate It: Her helium-voiced singing, borderline-medieval arrangements and fairy-tale like song settings will always make her very divisive among music fans, often with very little ground in between.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Her harp.
  • Signature Song: The seventeen-minute "Only Skin"; "Good Intentions Paving Company" and "Peach, Plum, Pear" for fans of Have One on Me and The Milk-Eyed Mender, respectively.
  • Squick: From "Only Skin", we have the lines "Scrape your knee, it is only skin/Makes the sound of violins"
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: Quite a lot of her material, really. Her music has been compared more than once to the experience of hearing a bedtime story. "Have One on Me" especially stands out here.
  • Tear Jerker: Lots of her songs can approach this territory, but "Baby Birch", "Does Not Suffice", and "Time, as a Symptom" particularly stand out here.