The Milk-Eyed Mender

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1 Bridges and Balloons 3:40 172,715
2 Sprout and the Bean 4:31 206,815
3 The Book of Right-On 4:28 194,487
4 Inflammatory Writ 2:52 128,639
4 Sadie 6:00 138,605
5 Cassiopeia 3:19 126,119
6 En Gallop 5:06 37,784
6 This Side of the Blue 5:19 144,602
7 Peach, Plum, Pear 3:35 176,876
8 Swansea 5:06 123,033
9 Three Little Babes 3:42 111,902
10 Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie 4:21 124,571

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The Milk-Eyed Mender is the debut album by American singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom, released on March 23 2004 on the Drag City label.

Joanna Newsom wrote all the songs on the album except for “Three Little Babes”, a traditional Appalachian song. According to the liner notes, Joanna plays “a Lyon & Healy style 15 harp, a wurlitzer electric piano, a harpsichord, and piano.”

A bandmate in San Francisco band The Pleased, Noah Georgeson, produced and recorded the album, as well as contributing guitar to two tracks and backing vocals to one. Cover art embroidery is by Emily Prince and photographs are by Alissa Anderson. Newsom thanks former touring partners Will Oldham, Devendra Banhart, and Vetiver, along with many others.
In 2009, Pitchfork named The Milk-Eyed Mender the 47th greatest album of the decade. The website also named “Peach, Plum, Pear” the 197th Greatest Song of the 2000s and “Sprout & The Bean” the 229th.

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  • ppgirls

    1 Bridges and Balloons 2 Sprout and the Bean 3 The Book of Right-On 4 Inflammatory Writ 5 Sadie 6 Cassiopeia 7 En Gallop 8 This Side of the Blue 9 Peach, Plum, Pear 10 Swansea 11 Three Little Babes 12 Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • paganinies

    happy 10th birthday, mender! the right-on album...

    21 Mar 2014 Reply
  • SillyKateFace

    I wish she could've made just one more album like this. The music's so unique and her voice is so damn cute. I like her more classic style, but not nearly as much. Sigh... <3

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • Tron1276

    Still/always pretty much stunning.

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ElectroPeter

    her voice is very similar to the very first studio album of Björk

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • traytray89

    There's a certain youthful vigor and playfulness about this album that you don't find as much on her later stuff. It's so easily overlooked in the shadow of behemoths like Ys and Have One On Me, but undoubtedly among her best songwriting.

    27 May 2012 Reply
  • lecadeau

    I adore this album.

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Overbest

    Her best work. Ever. So pure, so youth and innocent... Surrealistic melodies and writing skills.

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Pseudo-Bread

    One of my best finds from a charity shop, no idea why someone would want to get rid of though. Her voice is so powerful, I love it.

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • solhess

    "The Milk-EYed Mender" @ CultureWok:

    8 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Mayavada

    Seven years later, I still get chills when i listen. Favorite album ever.

    25 May 2011 Reply
  • Some_Stay_Dry

    maaann when first heard this chick i wus like wut kind of lil kid singing shit is dis? but then dat "Book of Right-on" joint came on and I was like wuuuuuuuttt? you for real Joanna? dis gurl on point ya'll. dat milk-eyed minder joint rock ya'l

    25 Feb 2011 Reply
  • BurningFortress

    Peach Plum Pear <3

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • eroock

    What's a milk-eyed mender for a person?

    20 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ax-ax

    the voice is more monotone than on ys which is more monotone than on have one on me which isn't a bad thing because ys is awesom newsome and this also, yes?

    22 Nov 2010 Reply
  • adamzZz

    A great album, even greater when listened while a late afternoon nap

    29 Jul 2010 Reply
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    24 Jul 2010 Reply
  • benzlwenzl

    This was the very first Joanna song I heard. It's now in my top ten of all-time. She's a revelation.

    12 Jul 2010 Reply
  • sarcasmagasm2

    "This Side of the Blue" Gives me goosebumps

    27 May 2010 Reply
  • chacun-son-tour

    It may sound like she's catterwalling (or is it catterwailing?), but she does it oh so beautifully. Her eerie childlike voice pierces you to the bones and causes you to shiver with joy.

    22 Apr 2010 Reply
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