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A LUMP TO ONE'S THROAT AND A TEAR TO ONE'S EYE,
This review is from: Shine (Audio CD)
Mere opportunism would never have been enough to bring the greatest singer-songwriter-arranger of modern times out of her long retirement. However, neither this knowledge nor a long familiarity with Mitchell's decades of stupendous work prepares one for the beauty and poise of this new recording.
These songs are intense and poignant enough to have driven her into the studio, and the voice more than makes up in expressive appeal for anything it may have lost over the years in terms of purity and range.
If Joni should sadly go back permanently into retirement, this release will provide as fine and fitting a monument as anything she has recorded.