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.Wikipedia
wow - never listened to her and I was blown away. quite a singer songwriter - I get the hype now
No regrets, Coyote
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.
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.
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.
4.5/5. This def feels like an essential Joni album, and I think it’s gonna grow on me more
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.
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.
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!
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.
Kinda jazzy and cool, but minus one for her Spotify stunt.
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
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
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.
It was pleasant without being remarkable.
Elegant, folky, rocky and wry.
She has removed her stuff from Spotify
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Wonderful. Loved it. Never heard it before
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
perfect album. favorites: coyote, amelia, hejira, blue motel room, refuge of the roads
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.
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
Amazing record! Shame it's no longer on Spotify, but still great.
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.
Best album ever
Dec 16 2021. Album #1. Calming and great storytelling in lyrics but feels dissonant with current life.
Ah Joni, a Canadian national treasure! Always a pleasure listening to her. She's a powerful storyteller and wonderful musician.
Joni Mitchell on a quest for love, meaning and the next bingo game. Here is an insightful "modern" review of the songstress by Rob Moura. https://www.popmatters.com/joni-mitchell-hejira-atr4
Relaxed hippy sound
Absolutely gorgeous album lyrically. Complex and nuanced. Musically it sure isn't straight ahead pop. Jazzy with complex melodies that are not always accessible. Favourite song; Coyote. 4 🌟
‘Hejira’ is a bit less immediate than some of Joni Mitchell’s other work. It has a restless nature in sound and storytelling, with complex chords and strong jazz overtones. It’s a slow burn, but it’s also possibly her most rewarding album.
This was a really beautiful album, with some incredible vocal work.
Joni slowly but surely found her inner sophisticated lounge singer. It's a folk jazz album. Deal with it (8/10) FT: Coyote
Hejira is an album of explorations. Joni Mitchell created big lyrics for long songs, just like the road trips that inspired the record. The jazzy feeling of the album makes every listening an oportunity to discover something new. Tracks like "Coyote", "Furry Sings the Blues" and "Song for Sharon" becomes prettier every time you listen to them.
Folk raro... envolvente.
Cet album extrêmement mystérieux a très vite attisé ma curiosité et s'est soldé par une découverte assez surprenante. Le point de départ de tout ceci est la non-disponibilité de cet album sur l'application Spotify, qui nous amène très vite sur une autre application : YouTube. L'album y figure bel et bien sous forme d'une playlist. Chaque morceau du projet est décrit dans l'onglet prévu à cet effet de la même façon : « Provided to YouTube by Rhino ». Très intrigant n'est-ce pas ? Après de longues recherches, voici ce que j'ai trouvé : le dénommé Rhino est en réalité un véritable rhinocéros blanc et possède l'intégralité des droits de la discographie de Joni Mitchell. Une fois tous ces faits vérifiés par deux fois, j'appelai donc Robert pour l'alerter sur la situation de la chanteuse. En quelques coups de fil, celui-ci parvint à faire capturer le rhino et à organiser sa réintroduction dans une réserve naturelle ougandaise.
There's not much folky jazzy goodness that's not here. An excellent road album. Jaco does his thing and at times shines out. The cores of the songs are dead simple classic, though: Voice, guitar, the language of the West.
I love Joni Mitchell. I need to listen to more of her work, but I love her.
This is such an improvement over "Blue" This one is a keeper.
joni pucette remets les albums sur spotify je t’en prie
I didn't know Joni Mitchell did sophi-pop a decade before it was a thing. Reminds me of a lot of indie folk from the area, especially Tim Buckley and Nick Drake. Guitars envelop you, and there are jazz and country influences to relax you. All songs start with Joni in some random setting in the country taking in the sights, feels like a drive on Route 66, although Memphis is a bit off the beaten path. Few complaints, maybe a little long overall but the songs were fine. Excellent songwriting, voice, and fitting instrumentals. Favorites: Coyote, Hejira, Song for Sharon
Absolutely love Joni Mitchell - Coyote is in my all time top 10 and Amelia isn't far behind.
listened to before great work
WOW! A beautiful album, with stunning vocals. Tired from travelling, so this will be short, but truly I loved this. Loved the bass so much, didn't know Jaco was on this album until I looked into it more, and he really added a lot on the songs he played in. Anyways, stellar STELLAR album. Favorite song was probably Black Crow.
J'adore joni mitchell, un bon album mais pas extra comme d'autres du memem artiste 4
Really cool guitar tones on this one. Blue Motel Room is a sweet low swung song. totally worth a revisit.
In love with the lyricism on "Furry Sings the Blues", and "Refuge of the Roads" is pretty dang groovy!
This album very much felt like a natural progression for Joni: as time does by, she (had to?) evolve a bit away from the stripped down, guitar-only music and this album proved that she could pull it off as well. A overall enjoyable album full of nice songs that maybe have a bit less storytelling quality but make it up with ncie but subtle background arrangements
Tydzien powtarzanych artystow, tym razem kolejny krazek od Joni Mitchell, Hejira bedaca jej osmym studyjnym albumem z 76, tak jak poprzedni pick jest to solidnie napisane i zaspiewane, czuc ze jest to material artystki ktora stara sie wyrzucic na papier swoje przezycia, a nie wyciskane na sile sztampowe zawodzenia byle by sie dobrze sluchalo, a przeciez najlepiej slucha sie czegos za czym artysta naprawde stoi i tym zyje, w tym przypadku motywami przewodnimi sa doswiadczenia z podrozowania lub zycia w podrozy, bo taki tryb zycia prowadzila w latach 70 pani Joni, ale nie bedzie jedynie o celach podrozy a raczej o drodze i rzeczach oraz ludziach przy niej spotkanych, a jak spotkania to musza byc rowniez rozstania, no i walenie po kablach, instrumentalnie jest to folkowy rock z influencjalmi jazzowymi w zaleznosci od utworu, w nagrania bylo zangazowanych bylo 10 muzykow sesyjnych, na uwage zasluguja zwlaszcza Jaco Pastorius na basie oraz Larry Carlton ktory gral gitarki elektrokowe oraz akustykowe, w zalenosci od tego na czym szarpala pani Mitchell, calosc sklada sie z 9 trakow na 52 minutach, o ile poprzedni album od niej urzekl mnie wokalnie i przyjemnymi dla ucha instrumentalami, tak ten robi to jeszcze lepiej, a dodatkowo trafia lirycznie w moja wagabondowa dusze, na plejke spotifajowa nie dodam nic, bo pani Joni zaraz obok Neila Younga wycofala swoja dyskografie, gdy dodali podkasty tego buca do biblioteki serwisu, ale chyba najbardziej zapadajacymi w pamiec trakami beda dla mnie openingowy coyote, z ktorego sampel slyszalem w jakims muryznskim traku oraz a strange boy
Very soothing listen. Mitchell is an excellent songwriter and I know I'll be back for more. I might need a couple more listens of this to get a better grasp on it, but unfortunately YouTube is not my preferred way to listen to music...
Love the guitar tone and the bass playing especially on this one.
Another stunning album from Joni Mitchell. If less catchy then Blue or Court and Spark, this is still an exhibition of the songwriter’s craft. Beautiful singing, gorgeous guitar work, poetic and evocative, it’s is a delight to hear the artist create works like this.
Interesting concept from Joni that speaks for itself. I mean, it's Joni Mitchell. This album gets bonus points for having Jaco Pastorius on some of the tracks. While not her more familiar work, definitely a must listen. 4/5.
Love her long rambling vignettes The music rambles with her Triggers my wanderlust Beautiful voice Captured by the cover art
Jaco! Amelia and coyote are fantastic
I gotta be in the right mood to listen to something like this. And I was! I can't name a list of songs from this album that I'd say are incredible, or even pulling me back in to listen to them again immediately, but there was something about the overall tone and timbre of the record that I really enjoyed. It's moody and nothing but stories that unfold through Joni doing her Joni thing. Hell, it's almost spoken word. If you asked me to name a song on the album that has a repeated chorus, I'm not sure I could do it. But it worked. I also quite liked the clean guitar tones throughout. Here's a little exchange that stuck out to me from "Song of Sharon:" Well, there's a wide wide world of noble causes And lovely landscapes to discover But all i really want right now Is to find another lover That's my kind of poetry right there. Plus there's a dick on the cover?? Thanks for pointing that out, Andy. Irrefutable fact.
Never heard this one before. Not my favourite album of hers musically, but I really enjoy the writing. Ok I take it back it's got Jaco and it's starting to grow on me. 4 stars
Musically, this is good but a bit past her peak (sorry Jaco). Lyrically, however, she is at the absolute top of her game. I just wish I cared about lyrics more.
This has been on repeat all day as I try to solve the mysteries of this album. This is truly music as story telling.
Coyote is so gorgeous. All of it is gorgeous. I think I start to lose interest towards the end around Black Crow.
The album gets off to a very good star with Coyote. I like that her music developed beyond folk. The rhythm section is very competent and she lets them wander. They end up miles away from where folk music rhythms usually hang out. The guitars are very loose and continue to float all over the place even during the verses. In theory, loose wandering guitars shouldn't work with folk, but they do. Kinda the way Keith Moon's drumming isn't supposed to work, but it does.
Not really my thing but there's no doubt this is some good stuff. It's probably a 5 star album but I can't give it more than 4 stars when I balance my enjoyment of this kind of music (low) with how good it actually is (high).
Muy agradable. Cantautora. Folk jazzjazz-popjazz fusion
Folk raro... envolvente. Un 4.
Joni Mitchell Isn't what I would normally listen to but I respect her as a songwriter and musician. She always does things with alternate guitar tuning's in the bass on this album is very pronounced which I always like.
Some good tunes on here, love the jazz mashup
Very good, with great lyrics, but all felt a bit restrained. Clearly very influential, especially on female singer songwriters, but not quite 5 🌟 for me.
Þetta er töff og skemmtilegt. Kannski fá lög utan Coyote sem grípa mann strax, en platan vinnur á við frekari hlustun, eins og góðar plötur gera.
It's not on Spotify! I'm so glad this came up, I've been meaning to properly listen to Joni Mitchell for ages but for some reason never got round to it. Such a beautiful voice. Favourite track: Hejira - haunting guitar and the lyrics are poetry, the 'comfort in melancholy'. The sadness of a breakup leads her to realise that love is the purpose of life, and also teaches her to cope with solitude
her voice is nice!
I like the music but she really tries to fit so many lyrics into tight spaces when I’d prefer to let it breathe. 7/10
7/10. Very pleasant, didn't get the opportunity to pay close attention to the lyrics unfortunately, may be worth revisiting for that reason.
7/10 relaxing vibe, i second what JJ said about how the lyrics are a bit densely packed in there.
Hot take: This is better than Blue. Somewhat related: I haven't listened to Blue yet. Props to Joni for the dig at Jackson Browne, cryptically implying that his wife killed himself because he was abusive towards her. That's some fucking shade. Carly Simon and Alanis Morrissette get universal props for their digs at exes, but Joni's are LEGENDARY. It helps that she's got a catalog of famous exes, and that she's five times the songwriter of Carly and Alanis.
i grew up listening to joni, and to be honest we never totally clicked. i of course know and love some of her songs but honestly it just gets kind of …boring. i feel bad saying that but it’s a little true. i still enjoyed it, but not spectacular.
Very chill, but songs were a bit too long for my liking
Why did Joni opt to have her left hand protruding like a chode from a road on the front cover of this album? What's she trying to say? What's the deeper meaning?
I get that this is a road album but a fair bit of it landed too far on the meandering side of song structure for me. Unfocused. Though when it hits right as on the title track it’s pretty strong.
Quite clearly Joni Mitchell and good as background music. She’s very talented but I wouldn’t want to listen to her exclusively. Can’t criticise so 3*
Interesting album. Much more jazzy than previous JM albums I have listened to. Enjoyed it but probably wouldn't listen again. 3.5/5
Joni Mitchell nous propose sur cet album une démonstration de comment complétement rater son imitation de Lana del Rey. Tout est absolument raté, aucune émotion n'est transmise. A ne reproduire sous aucun pretexte.
Some good songs. Ended up enjoying it more than I expected.
Nice and serene music. I love the dreamy guitar sound, and the nice bass playing. A lot of the songs were a bit slow and long for me. I'm having trouble remembering any of the songs specifically, but the vibe was nice. Wish she hadn't joined the censorship bandwagon and taken her music off Spotify.
I think I've listened to Hejira before because I've seen this album from Joni Mitchell recommended elsewhere. None of the songs sounded familiar, but it's good to hear Mitchell's familiar voice. I don't think that any of the tracks have a traditional verse-chorus, verse-chorus structure. Mitchell has built the tracks around story-telling, but even if I wasn't paying 100% attention to the stories I could enjoy the music as a whole. I'm not sure if I'll remember to come back to this album again, but I enjoyed this visit.
Had no way to listen
Pleasant listening, with some interesting twists here and there
Coyote is a good song. Very laid back album.
I can tell it's 'good'; the musical style is rich and exotic and self-assured, Joni's lyrics are always worth listening to, and I'm sure it would reward repeated listens (especially while road-tripping across America). But a chorus or a hook once in a while couldn't hurt, right?
Lyrical songsmith weaving gentle poetic stories of the open road and freedom. Being trapped in a lift with her whilst she did this would be hell on earth.
Now I find myself in the weird position of reviewing an album that I've owned on vinyl for more than a decade but somehow never listened to. The reason why I've never listened to it is because Joni Mitchell has never "clicked" with me. The reason why I still have it is: 1) so people will think that I am smart and sensitive, and 2) because a lot of people who's musical opinions I respect really like Joni Mitchell. This album continues that trend for me. This album also doesn't click for me, but I can see why people like it. It's interesting, no question. It does not sound like it's tied to one particular time period. I definitely wouldn't say that it's of its time. Mitchell has a well-developed style that sets her apart. It doesn't particularly work for me, but it's also hard for me to dislike it because she is doing something different here and executing her vision well. 3/5
Best Song: Amelia. Something about the lyrics and the subject matter really works here. "Like Icarus ascending / on beautiful and selfish arms". Very hippy aesthetic in the instrumentals as well. Worst Song: A Strange Boy. The story-telling style here begins to deviate into rambling. And some of the lyrics are too on-the-nose (e.g., "drunk on love"). Overall: A wild and uninhibited set of stories that fluctuate between seemingly stream of consciousness to deeper, more poetic observations. The album feels very "free", but at times I wished it had more structure.
Fine enough sound. Enjoyed the bass lines
Folk. Soul. Aburrido.
I wasn't into most of this but I did kinda like Coyote and I really liked A Song for Sharon :) And I can see it is an album maybe I'd enjoy a bit more in a different mood? 3
This wasn't available on Spotify, but I found all of the songs on YouTube. Overall this was okay. Folksy and Joni has a good voice. Nothing really grabbed me though.
Niets op aan te merken, wel op het feit dat zowat elk album van Joni in deze lijst terechtgekomen is. Ik wil diversiteit!
Good album. Very Joni Mitchell.
I enjoyed the time of this album and the production. Very crisp, good vocal, warm instrumentals. That bass was a stand out. The only thing that lacked (and I get it was on purpose) were hooks, choruses. It made the tracks blur together.
Good album, but not really floating the old ketch at the minute. Must listen with more intensity.
I've never been much of a Joni Mitchell fan. I recognize her talent, but her vocal delivery has always rubbed me the wrong way. Having said that, I enjoyed this album more than anything else I've heard from her. 3 stars.
Joni is kind of like the female Randy Newman. She just kinda sings about what she sees as she's going around. There is a lovely ethereal quality to this, and I ended up liking it more than I expected, but the lyrics are just ridiculous. Also she looks like a frankenstein on that cover.
Not on Spotify but presumed ‘I would be okay with this’
Amazing guitar work and storytelling, along with a very interesting and laidback sound. However, I would have liked for the songs to have something change in them here and there, such as a change in tempo or dynamics as they tend to blend in with each other and it makes the album drag on a bit. Nevertheless, Joni is remarkable and underrated in my opinion!
I don't know how to define "adult contemporary" but I think this is what it sounds like. Beautifully sung story songs that sound like they came from experience. And of course Jaco Pastorius is the man.
Joni Mitchell songs just sound like Joni Mitchell songs.
This is my first time listening to a full Joni Mitchell album, and it was really cool to hear as so many of my favourite artists are heavily influenced by her. However, I don't think this album really clicked for me on a first listen, mainly because I'm someone who relies heavily on hooks and melodies in songs in order for them to stick with me afterwards, but the songwriting and instrumentals were really amazing throughout and I'd be happy to revisit it at some point. ((final 4 tracks were my favourites))
Not bad but nothing I was truly interested in.
Pleasant album, nice songs, but listening to it looks like listening to endless album. As for me, It has to be more mo dynamics.
Wide open melancholy sailing through sound pictures and swirling tones. Pulls down. Don't know if I want to go there. Listening to the lyrics, interesting window to the singer's psyche. I think I prefer the Ladies of The Canyon era. I can appreciate the artistry here, although so far not bringing me to a place that i want to linger for very long.
Wish I could enjoy JM. I like singer songwriters. I like (some) jazz. I like some odd voices (N. Young, Hammill) However I can't gel with JM. Frustrating. I can't get along with the tunelines of her vocal delivery and I find the wandering bass very annoying. It all washed over me in a very unsatisfying way. Sorry. 2.75
Never been a big Joni Mitchell fan. Or pop/country fan for that matter. Listened through track 5 “Hejira.” Didn’t really care for it. Not bad—just not my taste. I suppose I’ll finish it. Doesn’t compare to “In Utero” or “No More Shall We Part”—in my humble opinion.
To cite John Mill: this one of Mitchell’s good, but not as good as her others
I'm so torn on this stuff. I think the arrangements and rambling melodies work amazingly well for something that has no hooks. As non-engaged as I am by every song here, I can't say the songs are bad. Like the last thing we listened to of hers - the unpredictable nature of the tunes are great - breath-of-fresh-air great. But man, they ramble and I can't get into them. Seems like something that if I listened to it nonstop for a week it would click. But like this, I just can't get in the door.
This is why I like this little exercise of ours. Before yesterday, I'd never been able to get past the third song of this album, which is a shame because I know it's widely considered one of her best albums and I love Joni. Blue might be my favorite album by anyone. So I've always wanted to like this one, but always turned it off after the first three songs. I don't know why, exactly. Something about the sound and the rambling tunes and her Sprechstimme delivery. But this time around, I kept listening and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed Strange Young Boy and the title track and I just kept liking it more and more from there on. Maybe I've finally cracked the code on this thing. My 3-star rating might seem a little low but I'm hoping this one grows on me. BTW, the Wikipedia article for this album is worth reading. She led (is leading) quite a life. Makes me want to check out a biography of her. (Also, somewhat unrelated, but that article led me down a dark rabbit hole about Jackson Browne and what an abusive shit he was/is. And I wonder how guys like that got away with that for so long.)
I enjoy Joni Mitchell and had heard this album had a huge influence on a lot of people. Unfortunately I don't quite get why. She is a super talented songwriter, but the music itself is pretty generic jazzy stylings and didn't strike me as all that inspired. I should like the jazz but it just didn't do anything for me. It sounded like a rock person trying to do jazz and not quite understanding what makes jazz jazz.
не впечатляет меня Джони(
Good, but God damn it I hate YouTube music Joni. In this case I found that Joni sounded a bit tired, detracting from her normal performance.
A more experimental LP from Mitchell which still stays true to her singer-songwriter roots. Not every instrumental sound lands well (the filtery bass sounds especially dated), but they're still a small yet welcome departure from the artist's tried-and-true formula.
I think the inclusion of Jaco Pastorius is a big plus on this album and certainly a factor in why it got the nod to be on this list. When folk/soul artists venture into the free-form improvisational space (Tim Buckly/Van Morrison/Joni) I don't like it as much as when they sing catchy songs with memorable choruses. As a side note this LP reminds me of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks in that she has a song for every past lover.
I often wonder why I like Joni Mitchell's music so much; this album goes a long way to explaining it.
It wouldn't be in my top 5 from Joni Mitchell, but it's still enjoyable as she's always doing quality and music with good vibes.
It's good, but I probably won't return to it.
Yeah, I'm sorry but I can't get into that album at all. The production is surpringly cold for an album that seemingly wants to show a lot of depth. The fretless bass doesn't help with that. I'm still giving it a 3 because it's Joni and the compositions are mostly good, but I hate how this album sounds.
Definitely not my thing. It's fine, but too straight and cute for my tastes.
Enjoy her move towards an even jazzier sound, but it kind of just washed over me on first listen. Enchanted by the concept of a road album, and would love to continue to examine this with repeated listens, but the experience is hampered by the fact that she removed her catalog from Spotify...
Heard it before?: No Enjoy it?: Yes, has a western cowboy kinda feel to it, a certain oomph of a redemption arc for the first part, mellows out towards the end Favourite song: Track 4 - A strange Boy
3 Pure folk. I found Joni's style of songwriting interesting, as it seems to be a form of personal storytelling and often lacks any kind of chorus. That being said, while unique, it doesn't necessarily result in overly-interesting music. Most of the songs sound pretty similar if not the same, and while personal, lyrics often feel very surface-level... like she's just describing the itinerary of her day spent in a new town. That isn't the case for all tracks though - the title track in particular I found to be pretty lyrically strong. That all being said, I really didn't hate any of it, and I really enjoyed her voice, so this is probably mid-tier for me. Would be curious to hear more of her music. Favorite songs: Hejira, Coyote, Blue Motel Room
i like joni mitchells hippy folk groove. it feels a bit dusty, but still flows in an endearing way. her poetic language is challenging, silly, interesting. she not half bad.
Ooooooh she's a fine one. Joni could really do with a hot beef injection from her uncle Nigel stat.
this sounds ahead of its time, it sounds very 80s. however its a bit meh. I like the bit on the album cover where her arm looks a bit like a cock. it like when scott wears shorts and his cock tattoo hangs out for all to see.
Listening to this you can really hear the influence Joni has had on a lot of modern singer songwriters. Laura Marling particularly comes to mind. Not a type of music I’m much of a fan of but it’s fine for background music
I don't really dig it. Nice but boring
it feels like vocal jazz... i don't really get it... the music has rhythm, but the melody seems to be in joni's voice. it is interesting, but not really something that is easily enjoyable.
It's such a metaphorically dense album. Nothing is straight forward. Sometimes, I just can't get it as much as I should...
Like The Byrds yesterday, this is a real blind spot for me even though in theory it’s exactly my thing.
Lekker klein albumpje. Klinkt niet slecht, maar ook een beetje saai. **
Lush guitars are this album's only appeal to me. Melodies are samey and the songs are sprawling. Some decent fretless from Jaco but Neil Young's harp on Blues is terrible.
Très agréablement surpris pas sur spotify donc tu casses les couilles à tout le monde Joni à suivre neil young, mais pas mauvais ce que tu fais
"She later stated that when she chose the title, she was looking for a word that meant "running away with honor"" i ran away without it
It sounds nice and all, it just bores me. I'm not really into singer/songwriter stuff anyway. Lyrics and vocals usually take the backseat for me and here it's in the foreground. I do enjoy some of the guitar work here, especially on the title track. I just don't enjoy listening to this kind of stuff, especially in large doses.
Pas vraiment ce à quoi je m'attendais d'un album de Joni Mitchell. Je ne connaissais pas non plus le lien entre Jaco Pastorius et Joni. Je reconnais son jeu maintenant sur les pièces où il est présent. C'est mon premier album de l'artiste. Vraiment pas mon genre habituel. Je trouve par contre intéressant le jeu entre la guitare et la basse dans la pièce Hejira. La groove de Black Crow est aussi intéressante. Donc pas mon écoute la plus emballante. Pas certain que je vais revenir à cet album.
Its so bland, it just melts into the background and never comes back.
Certainly more unique and interesting than most of her work that I'm familiar with but this kind of poppy singer-songwriter stuff still just mostly isn't for me.
I don't particularly like her voice but she is a great songwriter.
Couldn't listen since it isn't on Spotify. Still okay rating it as a 2 though.
Mournful and melodic, recognise the talent but all too beige for my taste
Couldn’t get into it.
This album is okay-enough. She has an interesting voice and overall vibe, but it's really hard to differentiate any of the songs on this album. It all kinda sounds the same. I feel like it would have been better if she either went full-acoustic (instead of a faint electric guitar with lame effects) or leaned all the way in the the electric sound with a full band and really rocked these suckers out. Overall, meh.
The album was fine. Good songwriting and musicianship.
Todo folk, osea si me gusto pero para ciertos momentos
I don't really vibe with Joni.
dug it more than i expected but that smooth jazzy sound is really not for me
This was not bad. Super spacey vibes on this record. This is not a conventional album, it sounds a little off somehow. Just some different noises on here than i am used to. Hejira Hejira Hejira 4/10
Album lent, trop même. Je n'ai pas tant apprécier lors de ma première écoute, je vais essayer de le réécouter avant le changement d'album
Favourite track(s): Coyote All the tracks just blend into one another. Her style seems to be this relatively plain instrumental and her part-spoken, part off-key vocals on top of that. I am sure that is all technically more advanced than Cohen for example. But I just cannot get behind it.
Joni Mitchell seems to believe that she's above such things as "melody" or "hooks" or "choruses". She seems to operate under the belief that she can take whatever poem she's written and just warble it tunelessly into a microphone and people will love her for it. Well, I do not. This was incoherent trash. The only reason it's not getting a one-star review is because the lyrics, while unbelievably self-indulgent, were well written. Had this been a spoke word album, it would have scored better.
As with her previous album pushed at me here, Blue, I cannot claim to be on the Joni Mitchell wavelength. I do get why some people love her to bits, but me, I'm much more of a Jaco Pastorius fan than a Joni Mitchell one. All in all: a pretty boring album, even if not offensively so.
Couldn't wait to stop listening. Not a fan of Joni's music or this genre really. Just boring and repetitive. I suppose she's very talent but this is isn't for me. 5/10.
This wasn't it. Didn't really like any of the songs on this. Kinda repetitive and just didn't speak to me at all. Kinda boring frankly. Black Crow has some funk but I see no reason to return to this.
2.5 one of her least horrible albums. Not a Mitchell fan.
Not horrible. 2.5
Not on Spotify either! I never liked Joni Mitchells music.
The fretless bass is bautiful, as are many of the guitar riffs. Not so great are vocals and the The fretless bass is beautiful, as are many of the guitar riffs. Not so great are the vocals and the lyrics - which is kinda the whole point of Joni Michell. The songs sound as though she is rushing to fit all the lyrics into each song. A breathless delivery agains the backdrop of some laid back music. I would have enjoyed this more as an instrumental album. Sorry.
No es mi estilo. Supongo que hay harto que valorar en este tipo de música y Joni Mitchell tiene las credenciales como para aparecer en esta lista, pero no me cautivó ni me atrapó.
I think this album/musician is important but I just didn't dig it.
I couldn't listen to this because she's one of those old hippie boomers that left Spotify when Neil Young did, but that's ok because I hate her anyway. 1/5.
Dreadful hippy bollox
I ain’t mad at cha
Was not feeling it. There wasn’t 30 seconds throughout this album that I was vibin’.
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Didn't have the chance to listen because the dumb bitch is boycotting Spotify. I'm sure it sucked anyway. Why is Joni Mitchell no longer on Spotify? In a note posted to her official website on Friday, Mitchell wrote, “I've decided to remove all my music from Spotify. Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives. I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.” Feb 3, 2022
Can't get into this folkish pop kinda music. Seemed to be one long song with nothing that got me excited to hear. If I had this listen to this live, like she was playing live at a house party, I'd have to pull a Bluto (from Animal House) and smash het guitar to make it stop. At least I thought of a great movie and a great scene when I listened an for that, I'll give a solid 1. Will not listen again.
Not a fan of the songs, the voice or the style.