Album review: Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me

The pixie-sized supertalent produces one of the Best Of 2010 albums with this hypnotic, quixotic set.

After another lengthy wait from the leftfield songbird on the cusp of mainstream recognition, she drops this three-disc behemoth of 18 songs, stretching well over two hours.

Just like the generous album title, there is more than enough to go around for fans of Newsom’s lush, quirksome oeuvre.

Quite how she manages to keep this monster from derailing into wanton excess, inaccessible noodlings and wailing is nothing short of amazing.

The 11-minute opener is a case in point – less a song than a journey expertly navigated through a maelstrom of musicality that would overwhelm most artists.

Playful, bold, intricate, delicate and mesmerising by turns, this is Newsom’s crowning glory.

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