An Overly Intense Track-By-Track Analysis Of Joanna Newsom’s Have One On Me

This is my kind of music journalism. A track-by-track analysis of Joanna Newsom’s triple-album Have One on Me. It is meticulous, exhaustive and insightful and, surprisingly for such a long piece of contemporary criticism, contains very little about the actual critic in it at all, despite the first-person perspective. This is an essay, a proper one, that takes you through the 124 minutes of Newsom’s third studio album. It tries to explain each of Newsom’s song, understand her lyrics and place everything in context and that’s it. It’s also quite witty.

Joanna Newsom’s massive album is essential for anyone who has ever been in a codependent relationship, ruined a relationship via drinking, had their heart broken by a person who wants to be with everyone in the world and/or refuses to provide clarity on the future of your relationship or the likelihood of marriage and/or children, who experiences irrational worry about the stability of the relationship, who persists in a relationship despite knowing that its success is unlikely, who has been manipulative or manipulated, who prefers unavailable people, who is interested in historical figures, and who enjoys the sound of a harp.

So basically everyone.

Incidentally, the poster (above) is by Jack Dylan. You can buy a print from his site.