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Hejira

Joni Mitchell

1976

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Hejira
Album Summary

Hejira is the eighth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. The songs on the album were written during a series of road trips in 1975 and 1976, and reflect events that occurred during those trips, including several romantic relationships she had at the time. Characterized by lyrically dense, sprawling songs, as well as the overdubbed fretless bass playing of Jaco Pastorius (whom Mitchell had just met), Hejira continued the musician's journey beyond her pop records towards the freer, jazz-inspired music she would implement on later recordings. Some of the songs were written while Mitchell traveled as a member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour, and she performed the album tracks "Coyote" and "Furry Sings the Blues" with The Band at their final concert (later released as Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz). The album did not sell as well as its predecessors, peaking at No. 22 in her native Canada. It reached No. 13 on the Billboard 200 pop album chart in the United States, where it was certified gold by the RIAA, and No. 11 in the UK, where it attained a silver certification. Critically, the album was generally well received, and in the years since its release, Hejira has been considered one of the high marks of her career.

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Genres

  • Folk
  • Singer Songwriter

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

Joni Mitchell wrote the songs for "Hejira" all over America in the mid 1970s, travelling partly toward another show and partly in pursuit of pleasure. It's her "road" album, and the context of rambling travel perfectly suits both her writing style and the lyrical themes. Snapshots of old towns, lost lovers, fleeting moments and passing thoughts all slip in and out of view, relayed in startling detail and breathtaking lyricism. Mitchell also uses her restless travelling as an opportunity for self-evaluation, using the magnificent epic "Song for Sharon" to ask exactly where she's headed. Some favourite lyrics? Where to begin... "A prisoner of the white lines on the freeway"... what a way to subvert the cliché of the "open road". Later, aeroplane vapour trails- images of escape and freedom- are compared to a hexagram of the heavens, strings on a guitar, and finally false alarms. "We're only particles of change I know, I know Orbiting around the sun But how can I have that point of view When I'm always bound and tied to someone" And the whole last verse of Refuge on the Roads- just listen to it. What an artist. They're such beautiful words, and I'm so glad I gave this multiple listens because it took a while for them to start standing out. This is even more the case with the music: sophisticated, dense, jazz-influenced... it's certainly beyond "Blue". The beauty of each song has been slowly revealing itself over the last few days, unravelling delicately on each repeated listen. The vibraphone and sustained guitar in the gorgeous "Amelia", "Hejira"'s "strains of Benny Goodman" being evoked by a distant clarinet; the fretless bass work throughout. There's so much to get lost in and I'm still in the process of doing so after listening six or seven times over the last two days. For now, all I can say is that it sounds like a restless spirit at the height of her powers, carving timeless words into the roads of America.

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Tue Jan 17 2023
1

god that was terrible. I may never get a boner again.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

I was a fan of Joni Mitchell from the get go, back when she was sweetly singing good morning to Morgantown and such. But there was always a dark blue current moving underneath the surface of this petite woman, even then. 'Hejira' seems to have dug the well to that subterranean river. Musically, its gorgeously haunting. (Her cover art represents the same, visually.) Gone, are the gently sustained notes of the piano, replaced with ringing guitars, marvelously odd melodies and chord structures. Joni Jazz, which is not really jazz at all, but something else entirely. Nothing that can be exactly pinned down, mind you. Fitting for Joni’s (nomadic) lifestyle, (moody) temperament, (troubled) spirituality. 1976 found a lot of Joni’s 60’s comrades suffering under the excess of drugs like cocaine, which combined with her rolling and thundering along with Dylan’s infamous review for a while couldn’t help but further darken the gathering of Joni’s latent storm clouds. The opening song has her already confessing that she’s a prisoner of the white lines on the freeway, and not really fit for healthy companionship; that said, he’s only a randy coyote anyway, so fuck it! With some ‘Strange Boy, she gets ‘… high on travel, drunk on alcohol, and on love, the strongest poison and medicine of all.’ But it’s the title track that really seems to sum up who Joni Mitchell was at this time in her life, both professionally and personally (I would guess she doesn’t draw a distinction between the two): ‘There’s comfort in melancholy when there’s no need to explain. It’s just as natural as the weather in this moody sky today.’ And, ‘I’m porous with travel fever. But, you know, I’m so glad to be on my own. Still somehow the slightest touch of a stranger can set up trembling in my bones.’ The hejira that Joni mostly seems to be attempting is the one from herself. And that reminds me of that quote that says something to the effect of: wherever you go, there you are. I didn’t know this myself in 1976, entering into my senior year of high school, and suffered accordingly for years. I’m finally learning that one can be moody and prone to blue while nurturing an inner spirit of gratitude and even joy as well. Not to be too simplistic, but to a certain extent, it is a choice. Just like my choice to be careful with this recording, reserving it only for days when I have optimum emotional/spiritual health and clarity.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
5

wow - never listened to her and I was blown away. quite a singer songwriter - I get the hype now

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Full disclosure, this is my favorite Joni Mitchell album. Haven't listened to it in a while, and never noticed the penis on the album cover before. Learning something new all the time. "Coyote" is such a great opening track. Lyrically, it is just fantastic storytelling, the bass tone and playing set the expectations for the musicality of this ensemble. I love it. "Amelia" has such a sense of longing. Mitchell has a gift for putting pain to melody. And on this album, it's the perfect lyrical blend — high-minded poetic construction that tells rich, beautiful stories. Whether Mitchell set out to create a concept album, I don't know, but there's something so cohesive about these songs, like we're spending a week on the road with her and the band. Quiet moments crossing the middle of the country. This album just transports me. I can listen to Jaco play like this all day. He's a master on the bass. And then comes "Black Crow," which is a clinic on how to be the coolest motherfucker on an instrument possible. Seriously. I get that this may not be her most accessible album, but it's brilliant. Road dick!

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Tue Feb 08 2022
3

Kinda jazzy and cool, but minus one for her Spotify stunt.

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Wed Nov 08 2023
1

Never listened to Joni before! Ah, I am not enjoying this. At all. It’s like she’s just kinda rhythmically talking and there happens to be music playing on the background. Every song sounds exactly the same to me. Was this good in 1979?

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

I listened to this one on a solo midnight bus ride from Los Angeles to Snata Barbara. I own this album, it's one I've listened to a hundred times but never like this and it finally dawned on me that this is a solitaire album. The music is incredibly complex, as is the musicianship. Tunings. Chords. Progressions. None of which are predictable or even easily accessible. Which makes it reveal more and more on every listen. It's a long way from Blue, a record only ~5 years in the past. This is an electric jazzy record. It might not be everyone's cup of tea but it's right up my alley - mysterious and haunting. Don't listen to this album just once. Give it a few runs and all the way through each time (although the clear highlight is "Amelia"). Slam dunk 5 stars: 10/10. One of my alltime favourite albums by anyone.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

4.5/5. This def feels like an essential Joni album, and I think it’s gonna grow on me more

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

She has removed her stuff from Spotify

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Beautiful. I've never listened to Mitchell before, and today I saw footage of Mitchell playing "Both Sides Now" at the Newport Folk Festival with Brandi Carlile which is one of the poignant performances I have ever seen. I usually hate music that comes out of folk, probably too much of it is blues based, but her music is refreshing with her alternate tunings and strong writing about the experience of girls and women. Now I will continue to dive into her catalog.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

I was 55 years old when I realized that this album I've listened to hundreds of times has a penis on it! WTF? I guess you can chalk that up to CD vs LP? Or maybe because I was so mesmerized by Joni's beauty that my eyes never left those cheekbones except to glance down at how she holds her cigarette with her pinky in such a delicate position. I listened to this album on CD (as opposed to Spotify) and as my husband suggested, my good headphones with a CD was the complete aural experience. What fun to hear Joni's whispers on Furry Sings the Blues! I'm a lyrics bitch over the music and this time round some hit harder: "I do accept the changes at least better than I used to do." "I looked at my haggard face in the bathroom light" "I met a friend of spirit" "I well up with affection Thinking back down the roads to then" It feels so trite to attempt a review of any Joni Mitchell album (as well as Jacko's contributions). So I won't. This one is most definitely an 11.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
5

I love a whole lot of the art Joni Mitchell has shared with the world, and this album is high up there in her work that I love most. The jazz influence, Jaco Pastorius' contributions, Larry Carlton's presence, and so on. She always composes brilliantly and is one of the finest lyricists. What an ear for harmony and her sense of melody is intricate and intriguing. Of course, her vocal performances are spectacular and she is quite underrated as a guitarist. Some truly beautiful and emotional stuff here. Brilliant.

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

Love this record. Joni has made some of the most beautiful and unique music. Her voice and her phrasing, the songwriting- all are so good. I love how loose and open the folky/ jazzy vibe of all these songs are. The music really breathes and flows and goes on a journey in a way you don’t really hear in pop music. It totally feels like a road trip. I love Jaco’s bass playing on her records. It’s so melodic and his tone is so voicelike. It’s so different from what any other bass player would think of playing. It’s like he’s supporting her and singing a duet at the same time. They really perfected this sound on Mingus. Also, worth noting some really beautiful guitar playing by Larry Carlton, I like all the swelly stuff on Amelia. Kudos to her for taking her music off of Spotify, first album I’ve bought in a long time. 5

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Liked the concept, storytelling Joni has a great voice of course, and a few tracks had some great baselines from jaco pastorius Still didn’t stand out as especially fantastic as a whole

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Thick bots, fresh tops Like a gentle rain, just let it wash over you Lyrically a mouthful, alot to digest. 3/5 4/5 if she just shut up and let the music shine

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Wed Dec 29 2021
2

there were like two good tracks on this and they were both ones with jaco and the guy who played guitar on a lot of steely dan shit. joni seems completely unnecessary here.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
2

It was pleasant without being remarkable.

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Tue Nov 28 2023
1

This isn't for me to get. But I don't get this. The music is slushy with no real form. And she isn't singing to the music anyway.

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Sun Jan 28 2024
1

Another album not on Spotify. This one also didn't have an album video on Youtube. I watched each song on Youtube with intermittent ads. Canadian folk.

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Fri Feb 09 2024
1

Post your music online you pretentious fuck

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Wed Feb 14 2024
1

I didnt enjoy this album, although I didnt hate it either. It felt like a crazy lady going off on endless tangents where Im unable to foresee where the music is going. Sometimes this is great, in this case it just felt unnecessarily random and incoherent. Having said that, there were still some songs and certainly some beats that I enjoyed. It was upbeat.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Elegant, folky, rocky and wry.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Wonderful. Loved it. Never heard it before

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

Coyote is one of the most vivid experiences in the history of music, a must-listen to The rest of the songs were absolutely splendid, the atmosphere felt a bit dull at times but almost every Joni album is a 5

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

perfect album. favorites: coyote, amelia, hejira, blue motel room, refuge of the roads

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

The 1,001 randomizer granted me my wish for more 1970's Joni Mitchell rather quickly. "Hejira" is the eighth studio album from Joni Mitchell. The album was written during a series of three road trips in 1975-1976 including one as a member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue. The music is jazz-inspired and the best descriptor I saw was jazz-pop; she had distanced her music from what I would classify as folk. Many of these sprawling songs are about severed relationship including one of hers with drummer John Guerin. The music is guitar-driven, acoustic and electric, (as opposed to a piano). Joni also met fretless electronic bass player Jaco Pastorius during the writing and recording and he adds just great playing and a jazzy atmophere on four of the songs. Hejira is a transliteration of the Arabic word Heira or Hijra referring to the migration of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina; Joni used it to reference/describe "running away with honor." "Coyote" starts things off with guitar, percussion and Jaco's subtle bass. Great free-flowing lyrics. It's about a one-night stand with a ladies man; many say it's about Sam Shepard whom Joni had a fling with. One of my favorite Joni songs. "Amelia" is a slower song. Electric guitar. Vibraphone. A beautiful and sad song. It was inspired by her break-up to drummer John Guerin in the desert. Imageries of airplanes in the desert and Amelia Earhart disappearing. Another great and melancholy song is "Hejira" which Joni said was her toughest song to write. It accounts her reasons for leaving Guerin. Jaco's bass adds to the atmosphere. "Songs for Sharon" begins side two and it's about a woman deciding between freedom and her marriage. Allusions to Joni's break-up and road trips. "Black Crow" almost sounds like a fusion; the electric guitar reminds me of the Woodstock era which is justaposed with a clarinet and Jaco's bass adding a jazzy element. Great song! "Refuge of the Roads" finishes things in sprawling fashion with a song about Joni's trip to a Buddhist meditation which she attributes to helping kick a cocaine addiction which she was battling during the recording and writing of this album. This is an excellent album. It seemed very personal and autobiographical. The emotion carries through. It just added to my quest for re-visiting all of 1970's Joni Mitchell.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

Joni Mitchell is an acquired taste, generally speaking, but I'm sure glad I acquired said taste for such extraordinary music. I think *Hejira* is probably my favorite record of hers, along with the poppier *Court And Speak*. I even prefer those two records to her earlier classic albums on the Reprise label, including the all-time great *Blue*. *Hejira* is the one record where she burned all her ships behind her so as to fully embrace that jazzy, sophisticated sound she would never completely forget in the rest of her carreer. Jaco Pastorius' fretless bass does wonders on it, but the guitar parts are insane too. Yet what seals the deal in it is what Joni's voice is accomplishing here. Her vocal lines are incredible, and the lyrics exploring that theme of finding yourself while on the road are driven and focused, as many other reviewers already pointed here. Brilliant literary writing all around. What struck me as I read some of those reviews is how laudatory the four-star ones were--actually suggesting a 5/5 grade instead. I'm pretty sure those Joni fans couldn't bring themselves to bring that higher grade because of the "experimental" nature of this record, and the fact that it is not *Blue*. But the two should *at least* be considered as equal in their overall quality. Both are masterpieces exploring the American psyche, and this in moving and sensitive ways no other record had attempted to reach before. To sum it up, *Hejira* is not merely an "experimental" album, it's an album with a lot of heart and intelligence in it. 5 stars is the least I can give for it. Number of albums left to review: 765 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 118 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 57 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 60

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Amazing record! Shame it's no longer on Spotify, but still great.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

Wonderful record all the way around – unhurried, mellow, contemplative – exactly like a great road trip (surely just a coincidence). The guitar playing is excellent – who knew Joni had such axe chops but Jaco's name should be on the masthead, too. Speaking personally, this feels like peak Joni: "We got high on travel / And we got drunk on alcohol / And on love, the strongest poison and medicine of all." First two cuts are most engaging and the last a beautiful closer.

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Sun Dec 04 2022
5

Certamente é uma obra-prima para ser continuamente revisitada.

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Sun Dec 18 2022
5

wow, such power, such incredible writing

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Thu Dec 29 2022
5

I literally never listen to this kind of stuff, but this went really hard.

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Thu Jan 26 2023
5

The apex of Joni Mitchell's adventures into "Folk-Jazz" yields a wonderfully groovy album with long, winding songs about travels and tyrsts, all overdubbed by the masterful fretless bass of Jaco Pastorius. A great album shrouded in the haze of lounge cigarette smoke, coupled with the moodiness of someone who's traveled there and back again. Standout Songs: "Coyote" "Furry Sings the Blues" "Song for Sharon"

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Sat Jan 28 2023
5

What a stunning record by Joni Mitchell, the artwork alone makes me long for a road trip, far away from home. Hejira falls right in between pop songs and some more jazz structures, so that it remains nice and relaxed listening/musing music. This album is especially amazing with the combination of all these songs, written for guitar, with bass, vocal and guitar. After all the (deserved) praise for Jaco Pastorius, I would like to point out that he is not the only bassist on this album. Max Bennett and Chuck Domanico also leave their mark on the songs they play on. Hejira is therefore perhaps the highlight of Joni's impressive discography for me, a beautiful album!

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Sat Feb 11 2023
5

Once again, I will be unable to be impartial about Joni. She's fantastic, and this is another one of my favorites of hers. Songs like "Amelia" and "Coyote" have so much feeling to them. Her jazz influences continue to be more strongly felt than on her past works, maintaining the trajectory that she had been on, and due in no small part to Jaco Pastorius' fretless bass playing. This is maybe her last "perfect" album, but it's a perfect closer to an incredible run.

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Thu Feb 16 2023
5

Such a lovely album from such a lovely woman. The songs have long, descriptive narratives that create such vivid images of their subjects. Just what I would want on a road trip with Joni Mitchell.

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Thu Feb 16 2023
5

Another gem from Joni Mitchell. We are truly blessed.

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Thu Feb 16 2023
5

I think this kind of meandering jazzy song structure would not work for me, in general. However, the instrumentation was very nice and Joni's voice just had me from the first note. I kind of felt uneasy at times, but each time the album ended, I wanted to start it again.

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Fri Feb 24 2023
5

Primer disco que no tengo dudas que es perfecto 10/10. Desde las letras, las melodias, todo es espectacularmente perfecto. No aburre, no cansa, no me pasó como en Blue que algunos temas rozaban lo monótono pero se veían salvados por la voz y las letras de Joni. Este caso es excelente, el mejor que he escuchado de ella.

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Tue Feb 28 2023
5

Powerful lyrics that truly make me feel like I was on the road with her Props to the other reviewers that pointed out the road head on the cover because I never would have noticed Can't wait for the generator to flip me some more Joni 5/5

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Wed Mar 01 2023
5

Goodness me another obvious and unavoidable five star. A thing of undisputed beauty.

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Mon Mar 13 2023
5

Those jangly guitars got me, man.

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Sat Mar 18 2023
5

This album shows Joni at the peak of her creativity and is especially through the collaboration with Jaco Pastorius simply unique.

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Tue Mar 28 2023
5

A year ago, I hadn’t heard any Joni Mitchell. Today, when seeing that I was generated this album, I felt excited. I loved Court and Spark, and I loved Blue, so I have high hopes for Hejira. Songs I already knew: none Favourites: Coyote, Amelia I love the storytelling on this album. Most music that I tend to listen to might tend to have lyrics more about an idea or a feeling, whereas here we have music that pints a picture and tells a story. It’s a staple of folk music, and something I never expected that I would feel so drawn to. As usual, the vocals are the perfection that I’ve come to expect. I did want to also mention the bass playing on this album. It’s fairly simple, but complex enough to stay interesting, and very complimentary to the music in general. Overall, another fantastic album by Joni Mitchell that I enjoyed a lot.

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Thu Mar 30 2023
5

Legit this album is everything, it is perfection

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Tue Apr 11 2023
5

When reviewing Blue earlier on this list I called Mitchell one of the, if not the, greatest songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s. Maybe ever? I was right then and after Hejira I still am. Other than Joni Mitchell herself that fretless bass is the true winner of this entire album. What a sound!

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Tue Apr 11 2023
5

Hejira is Joni Mitchell in constant change and constantly moving. It's folk in the backseat of a car, progessive poprock on a plane, and jazzy fretless bass on a train. Always while looking up and realizing that the clouds and the world around her are moving much faster. Hejira somehow creates even more vivid mental imagery than the masterpiece Blue, and Mitchell constantly seems to be in complete control of not only her own voice but the expressions of a dozen genres. Everything comes together when she momentarily directs her melancholic gaze backwards in time on the phenomenal 'Furry Sings the Blues'. This is what every singer/songwriter should aspire to be.

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Tue May 16 2023
5

At the very least this is my 2nd or maybe 3rd favorite Joni Mitchell album.

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Tue May 16 2023
5

An important and exciting transition point in Joni Mitchell's career. I love hearing her experiment with these kinds of arrangements where everything feels so open but still remains grounded by her songwriting.

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Fri May 26 2023
5

Joni is a legend and this is one of her best. 10/10

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Thu Jun 29 2023
5

Of course, a wonderful record. If I had my way, I’d meet Joni Mitchell in a cafe on the road (always the road). We’d have a torrid love affair with a lot of conversation and mid-afternoon wine at cafes and then we’d part and she’d stay on the road and it would be my deepest wish that our brief time together be memorialized in a single phrase on a Joni album as great as this.

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Sat Jul 01 2023
5

10/10 Some of Joni Mitchell’s best work absolutely breathtaking

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Fri Jul 14 2023
5

Everything by Joni Mitchell is 5 Stars. She's the fame Bob Dylan.

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Mon Aug 21 2023
5

This is a 5 star Joni album that stands up there with “The Hissing of Summer Lawns” and “Blue”.

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Sat Sep 09 2023
5

The third album from Joni Mitchell's 1974-1976 period. Like Court and Spark', and 'The Hissing of Summer Lawns' it is jazz, blues and folk infused, lyrically dense, and excellent. This record may be the best of the three. It is characterised by long, meandering, chilled, songs. They tell stories of the road, on which they were written. Despite being long and verbose, Mitchell's voice makes them constantly lovely and never boring. Every so often a lyric will jump out and plant an image in your brain. Here are two examples: From Refuge of the Road: "In a highway service station Over the month of June Was a photograph of the earth Taken coming back from the moon And you couldn't see a city On that marbled bowling ball Or a forest or a highway Or me here, least of all" From Blue Motel Room: "You and me, we're like America and Russia We're always keeping score We're always balancing the power And that can get to be a cold cold war We're going to have to hold ourselves a peace talk In some neutral cafe You lay down your sneaking round the town, honey And I'll lay down the highway" A quality album. Rating: 4.5/5 Playlist track: Coyote Date listened: 08/09/23

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Fri Sep 29 2023
5

Very interesting how this reminds me of Sting and Red House Painters at the same time. I've never really listened to Joni Mitchell before and I really dug this. Everything feels carefully calculated yet effortless as the instruments weave around her voice with an unusual quality. The inclusion of Jaco Pastorius was a perfect touch.

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Tue Oct 31 2023
5

What a run of albums led to this. One of her most enigmatic, but seductive albums. Everything comes together on the final track which one of my very favourite of hers.

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Wed Nov 22 2023
5

a sound so comforting, as well, as songwriting and chords that flow so seamlessly yet can still surprise you. An absolute master at work

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Thu Nov 23 2023
5

This album was much better than the other one of hers that I've had so far (The Hissing of Summer Lawns). Favourite songs: Black Crow, Furry Sings the Blues, A Strange Boy, Song for Sharon, Blue Motel Room, Refuge of the Roads, Amelia, Coyote Least favourite songs: Hejira 5/5

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Wed Nov 29 2023
5

Until now I've only heard Joni's Blue and Ladies of the Canyon, both of which I adore. Hejira is definitely different from those albums' guitar- and piano-driven sounds and I LOVE IT TOO. Joni's vocals and lyrics are just so so singular and special. No skips. I can't wait to put this on my regular rotation. Would I revisit this album? Absolutely!!

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Sat Dec 02 2023
5

4.6 - Joni, I don't know why I ever doubted you. Maybe it was the collaboration with Jaco Pastorius that had me skeptical - would there be too much noodling on bass? Or, would your hippie-dippie coffehouse lyrics make me cringe? Looking back, I don't blame myself for harboring these reservations. But, goddamn, somehow you were able to tame those unruly elements and put together another masterpiece, another stunner in your stunning catalog. I'll never doubt you again, Joni.

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Tue Jan 02 2024
5

This album is a sprawling and contemplative journey though Joni Mitchell’s life at the time. Here she is unsure of what she wants, and she expertly weaves lyrics that meander yet go straight to the heart of her restlessness. The music itself is similarly open and more meandering. In this album, it’s beginning to embrace a jazz feel over the folk base. Overall, this album is intensely vulnerable, absolutely beautiful, and relatable for anyone who has ever felt adrift.

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Tue Jan 09 2024
5

1001st album! (but there's about 1090 actually)

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Wed Jan 10 2024
5

Beautiful production and beauty in lyrics and melodies.

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Mon Jan 15 2024
5

my god, now this is an album i feel like is worth talking about for hours. this is not an album, this is a journey across the land. what a listen. i absolutely adore every track; just listening to those guitars for a millisecond makes me instantly spellbound, enchanted. i am here and i am happy to listen to every bit of joni's life and the clear-as-day imagery she expresses in every single line. there's certain albums that i've just... i've never heard in my life and after hearing this, i can safely say that this entry is one that has changed my life forever. it's so gorgeous.

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Mon Jan 29 2024
5

The first Joni Mitchell album I ever heard, and forty-odd years later, still amazing

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Thu Feb 01 2024
5

No he encontrado el álbum como tal en Spotify, pero sí las canciones live sueltas y me parecen una maravilla.

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Fri Feb 09 2024
5

this is THE album to hear before you die like i want Hejira to be what i am hearing as my soul shuffles off this mortal coil beautiful hypnotic melodies & swirling sprawled lyricism jaco’s harmonics also had me Weak obligatory : furry sings the blues? you mean twin fantasy?

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

🚨 BANGER ALBUM ALERT! 🚨 OK I feel like I earned this after the last stretch of stuff I had to go through. I feel rewarded. We have a winner. The album is Hejira by Joni Mitchell. I will preface this by saying I knew NOTHING about her going into this, except for her name. This thing had me floating. Maybe more like drifting. Floating but a little bit sad. I don't know how to phrase it but Joni Mitchell would because she's also a fucking poet. Some of the best lyrics I've ever heard. It's heavy and beautiful. And with the instrumentation, everything is necessary Nothing is done in excess. The music always pairs perfectly with the subject matter of the lyrics. Longing, loss, love, wanderlust, dissociation, materialism and spirituality, even gentrification and environmentalism at points. It sounds on paper like the messages would all get muddled but they don't. I got misty eyed at the title track, and while I usually get attached emotionally to good music, that doesn't happen to me a lot. It's all delivered in a very human way. It's human music. Maybe the most human music. 5/5.

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Thu Feb 15 2024
5

I mean, Joni and Jaco. Perfect.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
5

I **almost** gave this a 4 purely because I was comparing it to Blue, which is perfect. But then I realized I have no notes for this album and it really is a 5.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
5

jaco pastorius and joni mitchell 4eva

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Mon Mar 04 2024
5

Didn't know some artists took their music off of Spotify. Joni Mitchell is always a win. One of the best female voices IMO.

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Thu Mar 07 2024
5

this is one of my favorite albums ever

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Sun Mar 10 2024
5

Very original road trip inspired lyrics over jazz influenced pop, with some craZy ass bass lines from Jacob. Yeah, this deserves a few listens for it to really be appreciated.

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Fri Mar 22 2024
5

Falling in love with an album that’s not on streaming is just the worst feeling. And the last time I remember wanting an album to be on streaming so badly was when I heard Exmilitary for the first time. But that album doesn’t hold a candle to this. I appreciated The Hissing of Summer Lawns. But maybe I don’t remember it sounding very similar to this. I thought of it more as a Steely Dan inspired singer-songwriter record. But if it did, then I was sorely mistaken in my score. Because holy shit. This is one of the most stellar pieces of music I have heard in a long time. If it isn’t obvious by the many albums I have given high scores to, I love jazz. And I love all things inspired by jazz. So the combination of her traditional folk sound with more progressive jazz elements is a match made in heaven. Joni just has a voice that speaks to my heart. She’s like a female Neil Young. I just can’t deny how warm and fuzzy their voices make me feel. And her uniquely creative style of lyricism makes for a handful of delightful moments. I was also really blown away by how elegant the production is. This album probably has some of my favorite guitar tones and textures I’ve ever heard. Those, put together with the very deep and full bass sound, creates this beautifully layered sound profile. I will admit that I’m guilty of not listening to the albums I say I love as much as I should. But this is one that I immediately wanted to put back on and dig into once it was over. I could also see myself falling asleep to this in the future, because it’s really relaxing. Rating: 10/10!

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Mon Mar 25 2024
5

Joni's greatest achievement.

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Thu Apr 04 2024
5

The only song I knew from this album was Coyote. This is a tremendous collection of folk jazz epics about travellin' and gettin' some strange. Way to go, Joni.

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Fri Apr 12 2024
5

Are you trying to make me cry? I shouldn't be listening to this while trying to get work done. I should be in a bubble bath, sipping a pinot noir. Honestly, the first time I heard this one was because I had just learned about Jaco and found out he played bass for a string of Joni records, so I drew a bath - probably my first since childhood - drank a bottle of red wine, let it all wash over me, and cried. Nothing about me should like Joni Mitchell, especially because she's the epitome of what my mom would listen to, whose taste in music I've often been skeptical of, but had she ever listened to THIS Joni, I might've never thought that. Easily 5/5. This is artistic genius.

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Wed May 01 2024
5

Everyone gives Joni Mitchell credit as a singer/songwriter and as an instrumental innovator, but what people rarely mention is her ability to craft a really decent concept album. She did it with “Blue” and she does it again on “Hejira.” It’s all about roads and traveling and the hard wisdom gained from the journey. Plus is enters new musical territory with a jazzier feel married to a Pop sensibility, something of an echo of “Court and Spark” but matured. Another in a collector’s deck of classics.

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Sun May 05 2024
5

I had to give this one a few goes through with the good headphones. It's a fantastic record. The minimalistic sound and the poetry in her lyrics are just perfect.

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Wed May 08 2024
5

Yea, this sounds amazing. Awesome folky instrumentals with great vocals and amazing storytelling.

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