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Voice is more gravelly to suit smooth and credible music,
By A Customer
This review is from: Turbulent Indigo (Audio CD)After listening to six of Joni Mitchell's albums from the 1970s (all of them absolute classics), Turbulent Indigo provides a great refreshment. The songs are still in the same folk-rock mould of her earlier work, but various touches give it a more modern feel and the inclusion of soprano sax on almost every track adds texture to the music as well as portraying Joni's ongoing love for jazz music.
Sunny Sunday is a pleasant opener that leads into the protesting Sex Kills. This song features electric guitars and other touches that make it into the album's rockiest song--and the protesting attitude comes across on the chorus ("the gas leaks, the oil spills, sex sells everything and sex kills") but these words are by no means the least dramatic here.
How Do You Stop is a brilliant ballad featuring Seal and is one of the album's highlights (although not written by Joni herself). The title track is the oddest piece but still a great song. Last Chance Lost is another slice of melodic pop, Joni rediscovering her higher range in amongst the deep vocals she uses for most of this album. The Magdalene Laundries is a sad and beautiful ballad, while the following Not To Blame is about an abusive relationship. After these songs, you can't help wondering why Joni is so miserable and reflective - at least she's not dead! The Magdalene Laundries and Not To Blame are two particularly depressing ballads while Last Chance Lost's title gives it all away. Sex Kills is a major protest and Turbulent Indigo explores the world of art. Only Sunny Sunday can claim to be a 'happy' song.
Borderline is about how everything seems to have a borderline on it nowadays, not moving away from the protesting attitude of Sex Kills. Yvette In English is another major standout, written with David Crosby while the closer The Sire Of Sorrow (Job's Sad Song) is a wonderful epic about sadness and fear (again).
Turbulent Indigo is mainly all about the depressing feelings in life and how to deal with them. The lyrics are sublime as with all of Joni's other songs, and the music reminds you of some of her older work while still retaining a modern feel. The songs are basically among the strongest she has ever constructed and Turbulent Indigo can safely stand alongside albums like For The Roses and Hejira (although I can't see the resemblance between this and the latter album even though many talk about it!).
Buy Joni's great album from 1994 and just enjoy it - let it work its magic on you. PS: Take a peek at the inside artwork - these paintings are among Joni's best!