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Sprout & The Bean [Single]

Joanna NewsomAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Although Joanna Newsom's Appalachian-meets-avant-garde take on folk music is her most celebrated work, her range is even more inclusive than her solo career suggests: the classically trained harpist adds a decidedly different, textural sound to Nervous Cop, the noise rock trio that also features Deerhoof's Greg Saunier and Hella's Zach Hill, and she also plays keyboards for the ... Read more in Amazon's Joanna Newsom Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 30, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B00064WSMS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sprouting, flourishing January 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
One of the more charming songs on Joanna Newsom's debut "Milk Eyed Mender" is a charming little harp-folk ballad, "Sprout and the Bean." This single features that song, and tacks on another little freak-folk melody that isn't quite as good, but still quite solid.

"I slept all day/awoke with distaste/and I railed/and I raved," Newsom sings in her fairy-on-acid voice, over a bed of harp strings that ripple or twang, and grow more urgent and fast-paced as the song progresses. "That the difference between/the sprout and the bean/is a golden ring/it is a twisted string..." It's all full of kings, boats, fairy tale atmospheres, and men in white coats -- time in an asylum, perhaps?

It's followed by the stranger "What We Have Known." It's a more lo-fi song, but the harp is less flamboyant and Newsom sounds like she's circling around the listener, crooning slyly in their ear. It's not as intriguing as the elusive "Sprout and the Bean," but it is fairly interesting.

Either you love Newsom, or you hate her -- her bizarro music, tripped-out childlike vocals and spare harp are all very unique. The "Sprout and the Bean" single is probably a good place to become acquainted with her style, and figure out whether you like what she turns out.

Her music is almost entirely harp, played like a quirky folk guitar, and the melodies that spill out of it are raw and unadorned. But her voice is what really makes it stand out -- she sounds like a tripping pixie, always with a note of wonder in her voice. Again, either you'll love her cracked, trippling voice for its bizarre charm, or you'll hate it because it's not typical.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars we heart joanna newsom! August 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
as we wait impatiently for joanna's next full-length, we have this little EP to help tide us over. this EP features the superb "sprout and bean" video, which i was eager to get having gotten hooked on joanna through the much poorer-quality video from her label's site. this EP also includes one new 6-minute track w/ joanna, as w/ most of her debut album, on solo harp. the track isn't quite an immediate must-have, and it's nice and gentle (rather like "en gallop" if you know the album), but if you're like me it'll give you the same chills as all her songs do. in short, as w/ EPs in general if you're a big fan you'll love this o/w try the album first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little side companion to milk-eyed mender May 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you love Joanna's unique sound and lyrics like those heard on her last full-length "The Milk-Eyed Mender" then you'd probably appreciate this two track disc which contains a more heartfelt and less 'studio' version of 'Sprout and the Bean' as well as an unreleased track 'What We Have Known' which I think is a great track and likely ranked amongst her best works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joanna June 3, 2006
By Tim
Format:Audio CD
Her music is very rare and extraordinary, but it is not for everyone. Some people can't handle her voice and therefore dislike her. But if you listen real close, she will make you happy.
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