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deeper shade of blue
on 11 April 2006
The closing song on this album may be the greatest achievement of Mitchell's career. 'The Sire of Sorrow' takes the most interesting tale of the old testament - the only book to really challenge God - and completely reworks it into a contemporary setting that lashes out with bitterness and angst. Added to this, is the compelling music which builds to epic proportions, like thick paint on Van Gogh's canvas. It is beyond pop music, even by Mitchell's standards and makes you realise the genius of the woman. None of her contemporaries (Dylan and Cohen included) could ever reach these heights and as a climax to a fairly disturbing look at the mess we now seem to be in, Mitchell transcends her own legend. Blue and Hejira were certainly landmark albums, but for my money Turbulent Indigo (three decades later)is her final triumph.Lyrically and musically it all falls into place in a bundle of songs which express their views in the way Picasso's Guernica does - chopped imagery of injustice, brutality and greed leading a culture to the brink. Mitchell still manages humour and love like the early days, but these songs are no longer watercolours. They are a dense pallete of oils, flung onto the page with alarm bells added. The greatest of her masterpieces.