Joni's creative peak arguably started with "Court and Spark" to the beautiful "Hejira". What came next is "Don Juan's...". On first hearing one felt that Joni's songcraft started to take a little tumble, creating an impression that her muse had taken leave for a while (two songs here are mere recycles of the "coyote" guitar riff) Nevertheless, what we have here is still worth investigating, and over time you'll find that you'll can't help but give it a spin, purely on the basis of its strangeness, rather like a moth to a light. There are many songs that shine here: "cotton avenue", "talk to me" "off night backstreet" and while "paprika plains" is maybe 6 minutes too long, it still has a magnetic charm with its cinematic scope (despite the odd cumbersome piano and under-rehearsed strings!!) Joni at times sounds languid,worn-out,cynical... as if her previous three albums squeezed out every drop of emotion and inspiration. But, that said, she sounds as if she's still giving it her best under the circumstances. Her vocals, and Jaco Pastorius gorgeous bass, is enough to swoon over and encourage you to keep listening. Overall, this album is a must-buy for the fan, even the casual ones. Though make sure you part your money with "the hissing of summer lawns", "hejira" and "blue" first before you get acquainted with this reckless daughter. Chances are though,since you're reading this, you probably have already done so. In that case, go and buy it and prepare yourself for sixty minutes on a strange,bizarre,compelling,enigmatic,world-weary journey. You'll get the drift of it all eventually, and you'll reach out for it again and again!! You could do worse and buy "dog eat dog" after all.