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This review is from: River: The Joni Letters (Audio CD)
Of course, music is all about personal taste but in the interest of balance I thought I'd contribute my thoughts on this album... Let me start by saying that I'm a Herbie hancock fan, particularly the early work on Blue Note (Maiden Voyage, Takin' Off etc.) but I've felt that in recent years he may have run out of ideas. I'm a huge Joni fan too, so decided this might be worth investigating.
How wrong I was...The only vocal of interest on this album is saved 'til last with Leonard Cohen's take on 'The Jungle Line' - I didn't particularly like it, but at least it was interesting. Norah Jones contributed little to a once great song (Court & Spark) but that was nothing compared to Tina Turner's take on 'Edith & The Kingpin' and the worst was yet to come. Quite why Corrine Bailey Rae adopted a 'mockney' accent for her performance of 'River' is beyond me, being as she's from Leeds!
The instrumental tracks fare slightly better but are at best, pleasant!
For a much more interesting album of Joni Mitchell interpretations, I'd recommend 'A Tribute To Joni Mitchell' by Various Artists (ASIN: B000NJXCG2) or try Joni's excellent new album 'Shine'.
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Initial post: 3 Feb 2008 14:57:11 GMT
This just isn't a 2 star record - the soundscape is magnificent, the players are outstanding, Herbie H. is subtle and the treatments are sympathetic and expansive, 4 stars I say(!) A.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2008 16:19:30 BDT
Attercliffe 461 says:
Hi there, only just spotted your comment and as I say in my review, it's all about personal taste. I don't like the new James Taylor album (one of my favourite artists) but 2 other reviewers give it 4 stars!
I played this album a couple of times after reviewing it and it did nothing to change my mind but I'm obviously not the only one, 13 of 14 found my comments of interest...
There again, the majority give it 5 stars.
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