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Joni Mitchell’s 2007 return to the music industry after nearly a decade’s sabbatical finds her pretty much where she left off. Her jazz-tinged, idiosyncratic pop, piano meets saxophone and melodic electric bass, remains unpredictable in its compositional structure and her lyrics are mostly pointedly opinionated from the anti-war “Strong and Wrong” to the environmental concerns of “This Place” and the personal empowerment of “If.” She begins with the instrumental “One Week Last Summer,” as if to slowly immerse herself and to playfully tease her audience with a little anticipatory tension. However, she breaks her silence within the first thirty seconds of “This Place,” her voice in fine form, considering its darkening over the years, contemplating the aesthetic ugliness she finds around her. “If I Had a Heart” confronts the difficulties of reconciling one’s personal dreams and desires with the realities of human nature and a world of money. The 2007 update of “Big Yellow Taxi” replaces Mitchell’s initial warning with the resigned sound of factual truth. “Shine” wishes for genuine love and compassion to replace the platitudes and hate behind so many political messages. But more than her literal words, Mitchell offers beauty in the form of weightless rhythms and pastoral instrumental passages that perform like mist over a field.

Customer Reviews

This girl could go far...

Its really hard to review this. Joni Mitchell has been with me all my life and feels like an old friend coming round for a glass of wine - so it's no wonder I'm well disposed. It also feels like a return to an earlier style - less orchestration and production and a bit more of what she does best - great songwriting. Some superb guitar playing (and guitar sounds). Her voice over the years has gone deeper and warmer giving her songs more intimacy and her lyrics carry on wryly reflecting our lives and we depend on her for that commentary of things we didn't notice but which were just there. It's what poets do. I never thought Big Yellow Taxi was the greatest song she did but it keeps coming back in various versions - this one is odd in that various instruments spatter pointillist textures across what amounts to a good basic guitar and vocal rendition. More like a remix of the original. The rest of the songs - well listen for yourself. I am so please she didn't really retire - well she couldn't could she?? Excuse me while I just go and play it again.... as I said - she could go far with a whole new generation - my generation is already besotted.

Joni's back

It has been a long 10 year wait but well worth it. From the very first notes of 'one week last summer' it was clear ....joni is back . And lyrics like' Bad dreams are good in the great plan' are pure Joni..... This album is on a par with the iconic 1970's Hissing of Summer Lawns and Hejira( the all time best)....in my top 5 Joni albums. And it is accessible to a generation of Joni newcomers who while drinking their coffee will, Iam sure, in listening to this melodic, thoughtful, angry album discover the genious that is Joni.

Great Album.

If you're a Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen fan then I'm sure you love Joni too, she's one of the greatest singer songwriters, musicians to come out of the 60's, 70's. This album is beautiful, her voice sounds great and these are all just such beautiful songs, I like the new version of Big Yellow Taxi too. Money well spent adding this album to your digital collection.

Biography

Born: 07 November 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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