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Joanna Newsom: The Milk-Eyed Mender (LP, 2004)

Drag City DC263

Price: €18.00

Grading cover: MINT/SS | Grading vinyl: MINT/SS

"A posthumous Thomas Wolfe novel was titled You Can’t Go Home Again, and thankfully Newsom and the rest of these musicians never even countenanced that possibility. But they did leave us with a deep well of wonderful memories, and some of the finest albums of the ’00s, of which The Milk-Eyed Mender is the crown jewel. Buy it on vinyl and revel in its resplendent beauty. It’s aged marvelously." (StereoGum)

"Classically trained harpist Joanna Newsom uses her appreciation of Appalachian folk and bluegrass for an oddly alluring set of indie rock melodies. Milk-Eyed Mender, which follows her homemade EP releases Walnut Whales and Yarn and Glue, is rich in harvest colors ... Newsom exists in several musical spheres, one being a member of the Pleased, while not forgetting how wonderful it is to live in a warm place that leaves you bright-eyed and hopeful for only what is good in life." (AllMusic)

"Creating avant-garde American music for the back porch, she expands upon tradition without losing authenticity. In this sense, her practice could be linked to Devendra Banhart, a friend and kindred spirit." (Pitchfork)

Joanna Newsom: The Milk-Eyed Mender