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Editors’ Notes

Joni Mitchell has never been a musician to slavishly follow fashion. Her albums, though, often carry the overall feel of their era. The ‘80s went deeper into programmed drums and keyboards, while the ‘90s show interest in guiding a tight band. 1998’s Taming the Tiger centers on Mitchell’s lyrical and melodic gifts. The romantic heartbreak of “Man on Mars” is supported by an elegant melody. “Love Puts on a New Face” weaves through the unnamable vibrations that chart one’s existence, supported by Wayne Shorter’s saxophone. “Lead Balloon” gets her pulse racing for the social commentary of “No Apologies.” Other songs seem to address her then-newfound daughter and grandson.

Customer Reviews

1st reviewer has no clue

This album and the one before it are fantastic. Gone is the folky Joni and the jazzy stylings of hejira etc. However, her songwriting is immaculate. She addresses social issues as well as themes of a more intimate nature. Her sense of melody is always present. These albums from the middle to late nineties are excellent. Don't look for a "Blue or court and spark it's not here, but what you do have is a mature songwriter on top of her game. These albums rank alongside the classics. You will not be dissapointed. Disreagard the first review.

Forgettable

"No Apologies" and "Lead Balloon" rank among Mitchell's best songs, and "Man from Mars" is suitably ethereal, but the rest of the songs on here don't have much staying power. The synthesizers on this album, by and large, sound terrible - the audio is not mixed very well. She did a better job integrating the synthesizers into her overall sound on "Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm" and "Night Ride Home."

Biography

Born: November 7, 1943 in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

No female artist better typified the singer/songwriter movement of the '70s than Joni Mitchell, though her public image as the serious, sensitive woman with a guitar shortchanged her abilities, ambitions, and accomplishments. Mitchell's gift for writing personal, folk-inspired songs about the thorny side of life and love was inarguable (particularly on albums like 1970's Ladies of the Canyon and 1971's Blue), but Mitchell also brought the same smarts and eloquence to glossy pop on her commercial...
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