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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.
  • 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 or sea-nymph 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 inbetween.
  • Signature Song: The sixteen minute "Only Skin", arguably her Magnum Opus. "Good Intentions Paving Company" and "Peach, Plum, Pear" for fans of Have One on Me and The Milk-Eyed Meander, respectively.
  • Squick: From "Only Skin", we have the lines "Scrape your knee, it is only skin/Makes the sound of violins"