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Album Review

Clouds is a stark stunner, a great leap forward for Joni Mitchell. Vocals here are more forthright and assured than on her debut and exhibit a remarkable level of subtle expressiveness. Guitar alone is used in accompaniment, and the variety of playing approaches and sounds gotten here is most impressive. "The Fiddle and the Drum," a protest song that imaginatively compares the Vietnam-era warmongering U.S. government to a bitter friend, dispenses with instrumental accompaniment altogether. The sketches presented of lovers by turns depressive ("Tin Angel"), roguish ("That Song About the Midway"), and faithless ("The Gallery") are vividly memorable. Forthright lyrics about the unsureness of new love ("I Don't Know Where I Stand"), misuse of the occult ("Roses Blue"), and mental illness ("I Think I Understand") are very striking. Mitchell's classic singer/songwriter standards "Chelsea Morning" and "Both Sides Now" respectively receive energetically vibrant and warmly thoughtful performances. Imaginatively unusual and subtle harmonies abound here, never more so in her body of work than on the remarkable "Songs to Aging Children Come," which sets floridly impressionistic lyrics to a lovely tune that is supported by perhaps the most remarkably sophisticated chord sequence in all of pop music. Mitchell's riveting self-portrait on the album's cover is a further asset. This essential release is a must-listen.

Customer Reviews

Play'n like a devil wearing wings...

My favourite song from this fabulous album is: “The Song about the Midway”; the way her voice swoops and dives always leaves me stunned at both the composing and vocal talents of Joni Mitchell. Also, “I think I Understand” is a lovely analysis of the depression that Joni has lived with throughout her life. Songs to Aging Children Come" seems to distill the age of Psychedelic Flower Power and“Both Sides Now” is a classic song that speaks for itself – a song writing genius. If you haven't downloaded this album do so now!

Like Rome - you'll keep coming back

"Blue" and "Clouds" should always ship together. Two beautiful albums.

Unique Beauty....

The self portrait alone should be given 5 stars!!!.... Joni pays incredible detail to both her paintings and songs. This album is one of her best. I play this record time and time again - a real ray of sunshine.....


Born: 07 November 1943 in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Rock

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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