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A Canadian Gem!,
This review is from: Blue (Audio CD)Joni Mitchell has a totally unique voice & musical interpretation style. For lovers of Joni Mitchell I would actually rate this CD as a 5 star. I love her but the reason I gave it a 4 star is because I regard this music as "The Classics". It doesn't mean that some of you won't appreciate it; because you will but for current listener's of music it might not fall into the category of music you would want to be playing repeatedly today. Having said that she is an original in 60's folk music and has had a lengthy career; still producing albums so there is a fan base there for sure. These are my favorite tracks from this CD.
1.All I Want: Just take a listen to the guitar work in this song; it is outstanding. You can't manufacture that no matter what the technology used. The lyrics are so creative...the telling of a love story...a love/hate relationship....one where like many women back in the day...lost themselves in relationships over who they were as individuals. This song is so reminiscent Joni Mitchell; heartfelt interpretations of relationships & what they encompass.
2.Carey: To me this song will remind those that grew up in the 60's of when this song came out. It has a dated quality about it so might not appeal to all today. Many of the words used are ones that were used in the 60's....(some of which have come back from decade to decade) in the lyrical content. The guitar work is always impeccable as is the writing compositions. Her voice is like silk....a voice that has never been re-created to date.
3.Blue: Many artists have done renditions of this Joni Mitchell classic but I still think her version is the best. The piano work is so good and her vocal defines the song and takes us on a journey as imparted in the lyrics. It is a telling story of a period in time.....her falsetto vocals are just mesmerizing. I've only heard one other artist that gives this song justice which is Sarah McLachlan but with all due respect I still think Joni's vocals give it the quality that the artist intended.
4.California: I love the guitar work on this song...this song just makes me want to revere in. I love the textures to her voice in this song...shows how talented she was vocally. This still sounds so good today as do the others...nice to hear again!
5.River: Another classic Joni Mitchell song that has been done by many other artists. This is such a well written song...one that I have on my Xmas playlist because it to me is such a pleasant song to play along with other more traditional Xmas songs. She conveys her feelings about missing her home surroundings while on tour and of course relationships are key to most of her songs including this one. While I love this rendition...I like to always pay respects to the originating artist...I also like the rendition that Sarah McLachlan did of this song. I have both of them on playlists...Xmas & other playlists (Classics & Chilled). Give this originating version a listen to though as it's just lovely!
6. A Case Of You: Love the mandolin in this song...wow what lyrics on this song. This is a traditional folk song to me maybe because of the mandolin however I just love it for it's originality. Her voice is beyond words and reminds me each time I hear it that there has never been anyone like Joni Mitchell since she broke onto the music scene.
7.The Last Time I Saw Richard: Love the piano work in this track....this CD resonated well to digital format or maybe it is just how well it was originally produced. It just sounds so great though. This song when I listen to it I realize this is the artist that Ricki Lee Jones replicated her own style from. They have differences....but I can hear it easily when listening to Joni. This song is so honestly written of her relationship with "Richard"......she always gives you her truest articulation when sharing her experiences which is great.
Whether you are a current fan of Joni Mitchell or new to her music I do hope you will give her a listen & can appreciate the character in her voice & also each of these songs which most are relevant even today.