- Audio CD (21 Feb 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: VICTOR
- ASIN: B00005GS0H
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
Then , in the 80s it all went terribly wrong. Joni released a succession of bland, poorly conceived albums seemingly aimed squarely at getting her a hit. 'Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm', 'Dog eat dog', 'Wild Things Run Fast' - each has its occasional flashes of brilliance but all were mired in squealing rock guitars, ill-judged cameo appearances from the likes of Billy Idol and Thomas Dolby and a general lack of warmth and sincerity.
All of a sudden , in 1991, she released 'Night Ride Home' and it was a revelation. The melody was there, the lyrical genius had returned and best of all, the rich subtlety of the arrangements was back. Much of this was probably due to the influence of her then husband Larry Klein, who seems to have helped Mitchell find her muse again.
There are no duff tracks, and indeed most are creative peaks, but to highlight a few, 'Cherokee Louise' is a heartbreaking tale of child abuse and runaways in a frighteningly adult city set to the most lilting and seductive melody Mitchell had written for years. 'Two Grey Rooms' is a cool, delicately orchestrated study of obsessional love. 'Ray's Dad's Cadillac' is a simply delightful evocation of 1950s teenage love and 'The Only Joy In Town' is a sunlit dance through Rome in pursuit of an idealised love. The highlight though has to be Mitchell's setting of W B Yeats 'Slouching Towards Bethlehem'.Read more ›
The album also has one advantage over the early stuff for the person who has several of the early albums. This is a different older joni from the person singing about parking lots and cactus trees. She has lost nothing of her song writing ability and the music is tuneful and effective. This is not as intense as blue but some might few this as no bad thing. This album should be much more available than it is at present.
Not as consistant as blue or For the Roses this is still an excellent album for the person who either wants something more positive than blue or generally cannot get enough of Joni's faboulas music