Poetic justice

By JAMES PARKER  |  November 9, 2006

See that? “Sportive” (“adj. Gay, playful, frolicsome”), not “sporty.” Everything counts in large amounts, as Depeche Mode so wisely observed. It’s easy to mistake singularity for eccentricity, or disinhibition for indulgence, but Joanna Newsom is as serious and — in her way — as hardcore an artist as you can imagine. Albini must have loved her. Listen to that voice in “Sawdust and Diamonds,” small and rattled but shivering with defiance: “I wasn’t born of a whistle, or milked from a thistle at twilight/No; I was all horns and thorns, sprung out fully formed, knock-kneed and upright.” Take her word for it.

JOANNA NEWSOM | Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville | November 14 | 617.931.2000

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