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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Biblical and Amost Blue, 8 May 2001
This review is from: Turbulent Indigo (Audio CD)
Turbulent Indigo is undoubtedly Joni's finest album of the nineties in that it combines tuneful melodies with poetic lyrics in a consistent collection of songs. Indeed quality is often the problem with Mitchell's later albums whether it be the convoluted Chalkmark, the dreadful Dog Eat Dog or the sublime(Come in from the cold) and ridiculous(Ray's Dad's CAdillac) Night Ride Home. Turbulent Indigo sees Joni returning to an almost folk pop album with catchy tunes such as Sunny Sunday and How do you stop? However the intensity and cultural references still predominate with the vivid and moving title track and the awesome Magdalene Laundries which sees Joni meditate on the plight of fallen women and manages to be biblical and totally modern. On this album Mitchell proves that she is a master of persona and The Sire of Sorrow (Job's sad song) is an incredible personal and spiritual allegory for a journey into old age. This is one of hte best closing tracks on any album and features Wayne Shorters haunting Sax and an almost orchestral arrangement which anticipates the Both Sides Now project from last year. All this and catchy and singable Joni songs you thought that she had turned her back upon. If you don't believe me check out Borderline and Yvette in English for sheer musicality and verbal craft. If you ignore the corny cover and the musically crass and lyrically gauche protest of sex Kills then you have the finest Joni Mitchell album Hejira. All of Joni's albums grow (apart from Mingus)but this one becomes a blooming beauty that can be enjoyed in many moods.
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