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A bold experiment that went wrong
on 5 May 2007
You really couldn't imagine a better combination than this. Joni Mitchell's sublime vocal skills and a band that is essentially Weather Report, but with Herbie Hancock instead of Joe Zawinul. And yet it doesn't work. Try as she might, Joni only ever sounds like she's trying to emulate Billie Holiday - but wihout the pain. The album is redeemed from oblivion by the sublime and lyrical bass of Pastorius and glimpses of Hancock and Shorter while Joni draws breath. The up tempo Dry Cleaner from Des Moines, much better suited to Joni's delivery works well. Nothing else does. If you liked Blue, Court and Spark, Ladies of the Canyon, try Hejira, Don Juan's Reckless Daughter, The Hissing of Summer Lawns. You'll be disappointed by this.