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I DON'T KNOW HOW I MANAGED TO MISS OUT ON THIS,
This review is from: Turbulent Indigo (Audio CD)
I've discovered this priceless album over 15 years too late, and seriously regret not having bought it when it was first released.
I didn't discover Joni's work until the late '70's, but then she rapidly eclipsed everyone else in my collection. Her musical and lyrical genius, coupled with her somewhat prickly but likeable personality, completely won me over.
Then came the '80's, and a succession of (by Joni's previous standards) mediocre, interchangeable, over-produced MoR albums. Night Ride Home was the last and best of these; I enjoyed it, but when Turbulent Indigo and then Taming the Tiger came out, I sadly ignored them to my own loss.
It was a recent fresh interest in the late, great bassist, Jaco Pastorius, that drove me back to Joni's four jazz-period albums (Hejira, Mingus, DJRD and S&L), but I quickly fell back in love with Joni herself and began listening to the late-period albums I had missed: Turbulent Indigo, Taming the Tiger, and (after a 9-yr break) 2007's Shine.
To my delight (and sadness at having missed out on them for so many years), they all turned out to rank with her best work, but Turbulent Indigo stands out as exceptional. Indeed, it may turn out to be the best release of her more-than-brilliant career, but I will have to listen a lot more times before I can confirm that judgement.
Let's just say that it combines some of Joni's most incisive guitar work (a perfection of the technique she developed on the jazz albums) with the warmest, most emotional voicing of her long career, and some of the starkest, most involving poetry as well. Sonically, the album is crisp and resonant, with some of the most beautiful instrumental tones and ensemble playing I have heard on any recording. I cannot recommend this highly enough, for new listeners or lovers of Joni's earlier work alike.