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The Milk-Eyed Mender


Download links and information about The Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom. This album was released in 2004 and it belongs to Rock, Folk Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 52:04 minutes.

Artist: Joanna Newsom
Release date: 2004
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 12
Duration: 52:04
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No. Title Length
1. Bridges and Balloons 3:42
2. Sprout and the Bean 4:32
3. The Book of Right-On 4:29
4. Sadie 6:02
5. Inflammatory Writ 2:50
6. This Side of the Blue 5:21
7. "En Gallop" 5:07
8. Cassiopeia 3:20
9. Peach, Plum, Pear 3:33
10. Swansea 5:05
11. Three Little Babes 3:42
12. Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie 4:21



The scrambled fairyland found in The Milk-Eyed Mender might’ve been created by Beatrix Potter under the influence of magic mushrooms, but actually it’s the work of singer/songwriter Joanna Newsom who infuses this 2004 release with a sweetly surreal glow. These songs are not for everybody — the lyric vocabulary is exotic, the melodies are childlike to the point of preciousness, and Newsom sings in a girlish warble while accompanying herself on harp and piano. But once the listener gets acclimated to its peculiarities, the album makes for revelatory listening. Newsom’s music takes folk-rooted forms and twists them into idiosyncratic shapes. Tracks like “Sprout And The Bean,” “The Book Of Right-On” and “This Side Of The Blue” are poetic meanders filled with whimsical details and startling imagery. Some tunes — especially “Cassiopeia,” an insomniac’s lullaby — come across like word-association games set to music. A playful, twang-laden country element creeps into “Inflammatory Writ” and “Sadie.” “Swansea” and the traditional tune “Three Little Babies,” carry a spooky undercurrent. The most affecting song is “Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie,” a haunting meditation on loneliness. Dreamlike, delicate and sometimes downright weird, The Milk-Eyed Mender surrenders its strange charms if given the chance.