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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, fragile and seriously under-rated..., 7 May 2007
This review is from: Song To A Seagull (Audio CD)
As a long time Joni Mitchell fan how did I miss this one? Well, like many others who got into her music after her first rush of success her debut, devoid of any "hits" and rarely played on the radio, then & now, somehow just passed me by. My loss... because, it's a fragile, haunting and impeccably played & sung album. David Crosby's production extracts the best from what was, as time has shown, an incredibly talented artist putting everything into her first release and its pared-down, at times almost sparse arrangements are a huge credit to both artists in capturing "singer/songwriter folk music" at its very highest levels.

A lot of what of what was to follow was better and justifiably more successful but "Song To A Seagull" has that rarest of things - a level of purity and sincerity in its lyrics and execution that makes it absolutely timeless. So much so that its most successful track, "Night in the City", with its excellent, folk/rock orientated delivery ends up as an almost uncomfortable distraction from the spellbinding simplicity of what surrounds it. A seriously under-rated and quite beautiful record.
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Initial post: 17 May 2008 01:49:16 BDT
Marie Judson says:
I like 'Night in the City'. It's okay to have a change of pace once in a while.

Posted on 7 May 2009 07:23:15 BDT
Have you heard the Fairport Convention version on 'Live at the BBC'? Absolutely brilliant arrangement and performance by Sandy Denny and co. I think it would surprise Joni, too!

Posted on 30 Aug 2011 09:23:57 BDT
A nice concise review. I'm with you re 'Night In The City'. It almost feels like a token inclusion (maybe someone said "Gee Joni, you really ought have at least one happy sounding tune in there somewhere"?). Sure, it's a good song, but by Joni's own standards, and in the particular context of this album, it's a lesser success. But the album as a whole is, exactly as you say "A seriously under-rated and quite beautiful record." Spot on!
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