Have One on Me (Drag City)
But Newsom is an acquired taste. Those who enjoy that taste will indulge in this feast of delicately phrased lyrics, ever-shifting arrangements including strings, cornet, mandolin and banjo, and Newsom’s own harp playing, which is not only technically impressive, but also moving. Others will have their fill and leave the table unable to claim themselves as members of the Clean Plate Club.
And that’s just a shame, because nothing here could be considered filler. In other words, Newsom doesn’t stuff you with bread (to beat this metaphor to death). There’s a constant ebb and flow to the soothing lullabies and the more freak-folk moments, often within one song. Those who take the time to digest it will find it a rewarding experience.
Joanna Newsom headlines the Pabst Theater on Friday, April 2.