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Learn to love...,
This review is from: Don Juan's Reckless Daughter (Audio CD)
I’ve never really understood why this album gets such a bad press. Okay, it's not as accessible as much of Joni Mitchell's other work but give it a chance and you'll learn to love it. There is such passion and mystery in the lyrics, and the subtlety of the guitar, which, coupled with Jaco Pastorius' orchestral bass sound, rings through on every song - bar the one predominantly solo piano one.
Some criticize it technically for borrowing riffs from "Hejira" but I’d say, so what, she wrote them in the first place and when your’e picking on an open or DADGAD tuning, there's only so many new shapes you can come up with.
She released the album in 1977 and much of what came after is lightweight, lacking both the melodic and poetical depth of this out-on-a-limb work.
Go on, let it grow on you!