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The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

Joni Mitchell

1975

The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

Album Summary

The Hissing of Summer Lawns is the seventh studio album by the Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, released in 1975.

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Rating

3.03

Votes

4705

Genres

  • Folk
  • Singer Songwriter
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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Nice production value. The Jungle Line is cool and not the sound i associated with Joni Mitchell. I’m a fan!

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

Pretty remarkable, even if Joni Mitchell has a voice that I seriously cannot get along with. The craft and talent are apparent but, man, that voice...

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

😴 zzz zzz....

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Tue May 18 2021
1

God this is boring

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Fri May 14 2021
1

Not my cup of tea. Too slow and jazzy, maybe it's that I don't understand the context of the time the album was written. Almost fell asleep listening to it. Best: idek Worst: The whole album??

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Thu Apr 29 2021
5

Estoy convencido de que Joni Mitchell es poeta, jaja. Ya había dicho creo que su voz me resulta agradable, relajante y aquí pasa lo mismo, si bien a diferencia del Court and Spark, acá hay más relajo respecto a las letras y sobre todo las melodías. Se nota, pues, como este intento de jazz fusionado con lo pop, lo folk y el resultado me gusta. De repente parece poesía musicalizada, pero que no todo lo sea es lo que me convence. Mis canciones favoritas fueron "The Jungle Line" y "Harry's House / Centerpiece", la primera por esos tamborcitos y todo el tono (que me enteré de que son un sample y es el primer sample reconocido en música "comercial") y la segunda por su composición y además la manera en que inserta "Centerpiece". En sí, todas me gustaron, es un bonito recorrido y a "The Boho Dance" también le tengo cariño porque Björk la covereó. Btw, "The Jungle Line" suena de repente a "Earth Intruders" en sus principios y también entiendo cada vez más que a Lana del Rey le guste Joni. 9/10

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Thu Nov 05 2020
4

Big ol vibe

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Fascinating! This Joni Mitchell could have been a boring coffeehouse singer-songwriter, but this is avant-garde coffeehouse. I love the jungle line! It reminds me of Ween. Way ahead of its time and stretching the power of the moog. Sweet bird, shadows and light, and the opening track "France" are also great. I give it 8/10 - a great album and I'm glad I listened.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Joni Mitchell doing her usual blend of folk rock and jazz. Her lyrics will always be standouts as she has a canny ability to create songs that often feel like you're listening to a painting. It's wonderfully detailed, fascinating stuff.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

This was like a time piece for someone who loathed the late 60s/early 70s.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

Production value was better. Still don't care for the music. Joni Mitchell does not speak to me.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

I love the sort of free-flowing inventiveness of the song structure and the arrangements here, but none of it ever sinks in for me.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

The jungle line rubs me the wrong way, and with it being song #2, put me in a bad mood. She's a heck of a songwriter, and most of the music is beautiful. But overall, something that I'd most likely not put into the rotation.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
1

So I have realized that I hate Joni Mitchell

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Thu May 13 2021
1

Not my thing, I did not enjoy this album.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
1

I just do not like Joni Mitchell.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

Joni Mitchell has made more than a couple of perfect albums in her career, this is one of them. So good

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Wed May 12 2021
5

I mean, Joni Mitchell is classic, and surprisingly, I’d never actually listened to one of her albums. I enjoyed this one and would look for more of her in the future.

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Sun Jul 04 2021
5

Joni knocks it out of the park on this one. Summer feels with an excellent blend of nostalgia, melancholy, and ambience.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

Queen stays queen

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

Really nice album

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

One of my faves

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Mitchell is a master and this is a masterpiece

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Haven’t heard anything like it.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
5

Fantastic. The vocals and lyricism are breathtaking, and closing track was one of the biggest surprises in music for me.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

I was sort of dreading this after her more folksy albums, but it's kind of perfect. The sort of thing Air were trying to do, minus the tongue-in-cheekness.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Really liked it. Eclectic and interesting.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Beautiful

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

A happy Joni Mitchel that I din't know! Loved it! Melhor música: The Jungle Line e Shades of Scarlet Conquering

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Sun Feb 20 2022
5

mjög kosy plata mjög nice að hlusta á i like it a lot

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

awesome album and super impressive for 1975 The Jungle Line sounds like if Tyler, The Creator produced the beat for a Björk song, and again to make a song like that in 1975 is extremely impressive overall, I love Joni Mitchell’s discography and this album is one of my favorites of hers, 10/10

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Sun May 08 2022
5

Feels like the first perfect day of summer. Jazz, folk, beautiful poetic lyrics. This might be my favourite from Joni Mitchell.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

This is an incredibly expansive album. Joni Mitchell employs various genres, instruments, and rhythms to create a kaleidoscope of sounds that remains coherent. She was beginning to explore sounds outside folk, and incorporated a fair amount of jazz into what would turn out to be an avant garde masterpiece. The back half of the album in particular resonated with me. I am fairly new to Joni Mitchell but I am already firmly convinced of her genius.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

There are several Joni Mitchell albums I would prefer over this one, but The Hissing of Summer Lawns is still very, very good. The overall atmosphere is just very pleasant, and I like the jazziness that will be further developed on Hejira and Don Juan, probably my favourite albums from her.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Yup. Thoroughly enjoyed this.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Incredible. the unique vocal style of Joni mixes with meladolic instrumentation to create an otherworldly tone, when more bass-ey instruments on "The Jungle Line" are used it really succeeds in disrupting this and making you feel an uneasyness underneath. Similar sounding country for the most part to some of crosby stills and nash which makes the use of jazz piano stand out being an older musical style adds to the theme of nostalgic longing in the song that features it. Fav song: Harry's House/Centerpiece Least fav song: The whole album flows so well i cannot pick one

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

The Joni Mitchell hate on this website is embarrassing.

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Thu Sep 17 2020
4

First half much better than the second

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Very nice and calm.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Great pop album. Solid from start to finish.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Like this much better note than I did years ago

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

What a strange album. I love Joni Mitchell's voice. This album is an album that doesn't know it's own genre. I didn't know a single song, but would listen again.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

very relaxing and sweet, nice voice and good riffs

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Yeah that was good I liked it

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Ahh, não devia ter ouvido o Blue antes desse, né? Agora fico querendo comparar os dois e não tem como algo bater aquele álbum incrível. Mas esse é muito bom!

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Approaching a masterpiece, this album is quite an experience! Much more sonically diverse than her other stuff I've heard, and the lyrics are so profound. Way to kill it again, Joni!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Well this was an interesting listen. Definitely an experimental time, Joni must have been influenced by synthesizers, jazz and progressive rock as much as her previous style. There are definitely some words and lyrics which I didn't understand. This could be as much the way she chooses to sing them as much as the words themselves. I feel like I'm missing something in the lyrics, it could be the age of the album. It could be the way she sings. Perhaps someone more familiar with both the 1970s and Joni would know. Overall, I enjoyed it and would probably listen again. 7/10

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Well how could you not enjoy this album? No clue.

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

I never listened to Joni Mitchell at all until this album, and while it was a great album, it just didn't resonate with me. I even listened to this twice at work, and i still couldn't feel this...if it makes sense. " Don't Interrupt The Sorrow" was definitely the best song of the album, which was incredibly well done, and i still give this high marks, maybe i'm just crazy, or the next listen-to will change things for me.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

NO es el Blue, pero es un disco mayúsculo

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

I now understand one of the places music I like came from.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Cantautora de 70's. Voz preciosa, agelical.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

“The Hissing of Summer Lawns” by Joni Mitchell (1975) Lyrics. Lyrics. Lyrics. To appreciate this album is to immerse oneself in the Lyrics. Here Joni Mitchell demonstrates her superlatively intelligent transformation of serious thoughts and feelings into meaningful sound. Her poetry is smart without being pretentiously erudite. She employs highly referential subject matter in service to exquisitely feminine introspection and evocation. Each line is vivid. Each phrase punctuated by perfectly placed consonants, begging a listener like me to shut down my interior (male) voice and surrender my attention to her. Joni Mitchell could get me to do anything. If I were so fortunate as to take her out on a date, my first words to her would be “Conquer me, Scarlett.” Musically, this is a very well produced album, well executed and recorded, and very appealing (if the listener has developed a taste for both jazz and folk—in that order). Dispensing with standard structures and melodic conventions, she walks her own path. Glad to follow. 4/5

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Me pareció sonicamente mucho más llamativo que el anterior qie escuchamos de ella. A pesar de que son canciones con tonos que usualmente no me interesan, la verdad sí disfruté mucho este disco, melancolía y dulzura. Canciones favs: Harry's house y shadows and light. Mood: estoy muriendo?

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Sets it's stall out in the first 20 seconds: "Downtown My darling dime store thief In the War of Independence Rock 'n' roll rang sweet as victory" Lyrically very striking, musiclly interesting. Liked it a lot. Feels like it would have more to give on repeat listens. 4/5

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

My mom used to listen to her a lot. Makes me feel like I should be in the 70s listening to this.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

I didn’t love it, because it was Joni Mitchell I was tempted to score high, but maybe it’s not as high as I think

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Sonically and lyrically interesting. I would probably revisit this one a few times to see if I can make more sense of it.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Love her

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Joni is good for all moods. 🙌🏼

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Mitchell does some of her jazz/folk. BT: In France They Kiss On Main Street, Don't Interrupt the Sorrow, Harry's House / Centerpiece

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Se antoga para una tarde nublada de depresión y vino, y sí, eso es un cliché. Nunca había escuchado nada de Joni, pero sí la tenía presente como una figura femenina importante de la música de su época. igual y por no tener más referencias de ella no tengo claro el impacto o la razón de su inclusión en esta lista (?)

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Sun Jul 04 2021
4

I definitely see why this alienated Joni Mitchell fans of the time. It was a little more artsy, a little more jazzy, a little more psychedelic than her other musical endeavors. However, I thought it was an experiment that yeilded a great end product! Maybe not the instant classic that Blue was, but a great album of its own; I want more time to digest it.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

The jazz, folk and experimental sound of this album make it worth listening to.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Lovely way to start the morning.

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Sat May 08 2021
4

super cool jazzy sound, not my cup of tea but a great listen

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Very vintage sounding, very calm, is nice

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Wed May 19 2021
4

Bra album! Bästa låtarna: In France They Kiss on Main Street Don't Interrupt the Sorrow The Hissing of Summer Lawns The Boho Dance Harry's House / Centerpiece

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Mon May 17 2021
4

If you like slow music, then is is just for you.

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

Very good. Vibey and beautiful.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

one of my favourite 1001-ers

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

I am #always #available for some Joni

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Good album. I rated the previous Joni Mitchell album 3 stars with the only criticism that the songs don't really feel like they're going anywhere. This one seems a bit more mature musically. The poppy jazz instrumentation was a great background for Mitchell's beautifully soothing voice. I liked it.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

I kinda only knew Joni Mitchell from that one hit (Taxi) and the Prince cover, but I'm very glad I finally fully listened to some more of her music. The album is an amazing combination of folk and jazz.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Good album, enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting. Very different vibe from Blue, more varied instrumentals and the lyrics are quite nice. Particularly liked Don't Interrupt the Sorrow.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Pretty good

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

I've never been particularly into Joni Mitchell but damn if this isn't one of the prettiest albums I've ever heard.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

First album that I couldn't listen to on Spotify (thanks Joe Rogan).

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

I enjoyed this, nice and folky and she has a very pretty voice.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

None of the songs were absolute stand outs, but all good

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

This was very pleasant. Having not reviewed the track listings there were a couple of times I thought she was going to break into Big Yellow Taxi. Also, there were a few instances were I detected some politicising in the lyrics but because it was so pleasant you almost don’t even realise!

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Musings on suburbia with her usual lyrical dexterity and folksy touch. There’s some excellent layering of vocals here too.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Possibly best Joni Mitchell album I have heard?

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

A pleasant surprise. I have honestly no experience with Joni Mitchell so this was a first experience for me. I thought there was a ton of originality, a good vibe, and a cool sound. I'll be listening to some of the songs off this again for sure. The only reason I knock it down a star is because sometimes I feel like she tried to do a bit too much with the lyrics. This isn't a huge deal but was a bit distracting on what was an otherwise very pleasant listen.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Unable to listen as Joni removed all her music from Spotify. I'll take a guess on the rating based on my knowledge of her other albums.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

Much more interesting than Blue. Title cut, “Shadows and Light,” and “Edith and the Kingpin” all work well. It’s safe to say that one prefers the more observant and jazzier Joni to the outwardly emotional Joni.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Have it. One of her best albums.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
4

Joni Mitchell is has such a lovely voice. I had never heard this album for but I really liked it

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Ikke tilgjengelig på Spotify.. Blue er favoritt så gir 4 *

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Nearly a 4.... much better than I thought!

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Fri Nov 13 2020
3

3

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

6.5/10 FT: in France they kiss on main street

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Fri Nov 13 2020
3

Interesting, super jazzy. Not something I'd listen to a lot but glad to have heard it. Favorite tracks: "The Hissing of Summer Lawns", "Harry's House/Centerpiece"

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

Enjoyable and easy listen

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Sun Dec 06 2020
3

A little too experimental. This is my least favorite of Joni Mitchell's albums, but it's not as if there isn't good material. Best track: Sweet Bird

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Thu Oct 15 2020
3

Spotify. Sorry Joni i don’t get it

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Wed Nov 25 2020
3

Probably very good technically but didn't grab me. Will listen again.

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Tue Nov 03 2020
3

A mixing of Folk, Jazz, and Pop. The second half the album is stronger than the first. Sweet Bird, and The Boho Dance are the standout tracks.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Ok nothing special, great voice, ok songs.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

not the mood for today.

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Tue May 04 2021
3

I’ve never been a big Joni fan. While this album didn’t change my mind in that, I did enjoy it more than I was expecting to.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Not entirely my cup of tea, but no real complaints about it either

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

Hissing of summer lawns is an amazing name

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Sat May 29 2021
3

Meh, not the bomb, no blue

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Lamento no poder entrarle a este disco sin tener el peso de haber oído ya los demás, porque ahora me suena como más de lo mismo, y quizá sin conocer los otros, este disco me parecería mejor. La voz que usa en "Harry's House / Centerpiece" y los arreglos de piano de la canción hacen que el disco valga la pena y en general su entrada a más jazz lo hacen un disco bonito, como para escuchar en un día de flojera y melancolía.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

Me gustó más que los anteriores. Su timbre es muy agradable pero siento que va de lo mismo en cada disco

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

she's had better albums but her lyricism is always immaculate

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Wed May 26 2021
3

I know she is a musical genius, but I have a hard time connecting with most of her music for some reason. There are some moments of this album that just wowed me but overall it's still not for me. 3 stars.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Pretty good joni album, but didn’t like all the songs

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

¿Cuánto Joni Mitchell va a haber? No es queja, quizá solo demuestra un hueco enorme que tenía en mi conocimiento de música popular. Sigue siendo un descubrimiento muy interesante, de verdad que es una artista completa en todos los aspectos, las letras excelentes... pero aquí tuvimos un problema ella y yo... Esa primera canción... y algunas otras del disco; todas esas que suenan a smooth jazz-rock... suenan horribles y se quedan al nivel de música de huevísima de CD de compilación del Starbucks. Las otras canciones de verdad salvan al disco; se sienten por ahí algunos ritmos tipo world music que pegan muy bien así como algunas canciones de pop casi minimalista que inmediatamente suenan a algo que seguramente en su momento influenció a alguien como Björk o algo como Shadows In Light que juega por ahí a experimentar un poco con sonidos de rock progresivo. Estas canciones de verdad salvan y elevan al disco muchísimo, si todo hubiera sido experimentando con ritmos de ese tipo el disco hubiera sido un 4 o 4.5 fácil; por otro lado si todo hubiera sido en la línea en la que empieza, a pesar de lo bien escritas que tienen sus letras no hubiera llegado quizá ni a las 2 estrellas, de verdad así de diametral se siente la calidad musical por esos fondos sosos de jazz.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

As mentioned, the Jungle song was outrageously annoying but there were some gems on here. Not my fave JM album but overall enjoyable

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

El segundo disco que oigo de esta lista de Joni Mitchell. La primera canción me ha vuelto a recordas a los Carpenters y es bastante buena: "In France they kiss on main street". Luego viene "The jungle line" con samples de percusión africana antes de que Paul Simon hiciera estas cosas y con un sonido que me recuerda más a Björk que al folk, sorprendente para un disco de 1975.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

It's a surprising album with some very interesting songs but at the same time, some songs are very boring. I liked to listen to it, but it's not very probable that it will happen again, even with those good songs at the first part of the album. The art cover is very beautiful.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

mellow

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Also a good listen. 2 Joni’s in a row. I prefer Blue.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

Ihan kivaa laulantaa, mutta ei mielestäni taiteelliselta tasoltaan mitenkään järisyttävää, eikä toisaalta myöskään kovin tarttuvia biisejä. Ei häirinnyt, mutta kaksi kuuntelukertaa oli tälle levylle ihan tarpeeksi, tuskin tulee enää palattua tämän pariin.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

Joni only has that one song and it’s just ok

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Beautiful Joni vocals and grown up music. Not as catchy as earlier albums, but much more accessible than later ones.

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Tue May 04 2021
3

A decent melodic folk album. 7.1/10

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

More than solid side one with side two a little uneven.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

I typically like Joni Mitchell. Wasn't my favorite, but had some okay tracks.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
3

arrangement on the first few tracks are off-putting on first listen but I found them appealing on subsequent listens.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Detailed storytelling with pointed lyrics. A few cool experimental tracks. Not overly impressed with the the music.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Nice vibes and a couple of songs i really liked

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

ok

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Sun Aug 22 2021
3

Complicated!

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Tue Sep 07 2021
3

Pleasant jazz-laced pop with some musical suprises

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

En pose blandet bolsjer. Meget folksy med langsomme og følende tekster. Fænger ikke helt. 3,5

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Joni shifts more towards experimentation and jazz. This culminates in her fusion effort \"Hejira.\"

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Thought it would be dull, but a lot of it was quite interesting. Jungle was trippy, I loved it. Must have been pretty crazy to listen to in '75.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Started strong, The Jungle Line is a funky tune. But her voice is just too sickly sweet for me

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Sun Oct 03 2021
3

Joni Mitchell’s lyricism and voice is a talent all it’s own. The album is pretty good and enjoyable to listen to. She does a good job but none of the songs feel like strong hits that stick with you. 6.2/10

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Not heard previously. Have struggled to get into Joni Mitchell albums previously but this engaged me more. Suspect this might grow on me further/reveal more with more listens, so will add it to the rotation.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

ничем не выделяется, в плане музыки интересно. в плане вокальной партии зачастую скучно, интересные аранжировки

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Started out with a pretty low opinion of it, but really warmed up as the album progressed. By the end, I was in the groove. This genre is really not for me, but I found that I really dig Joni's voice. Plus, this kind of music is so incredibly evocative of a specific time and place. I feel like I'm wandering around New York City on an autumn day in the mid-70s. So, again, my 3 star review does not capture my true feelings of the album. I respect the artistry and the singular vision enough to give it a 4, but my enjoyment was probably closer to a 2.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

I'm not too familiar with Joni Mitchell's music, so I wasn't sure what to expect going into this. To be honest, I didn't find myself enjoying it all that much. There are some really nice moments throughout, but as a whole I don't care for it. I could see something like this growing on me over time, but right now I feel a bit indifferent towards it.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

1975. In France They Miss on Main Street, Edith and the Kingpin, The Hissing of Summer Lawns

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Well it's Joni Mitchell so as a Canadian I am required to have mad respect for her, but do I enjoy her music? Some of it! Like this album ... I like the first song; In France they Kiss on Main Street, the 4th and 5th songs; Don't Interrupt the Sorrow and Shades of Scarlet Conquering. Harry's House / Centerpiece is a good song that works for me on many levels, the jazzy motifs and bluesy vocal. The title track isn't bad. The rest is eclectic sounding but ultimately does not connect with me. 3.5 🌟

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

This is my first time really listening to Joni but it was pretty good! I don’t see myself revisiting it though.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
3

It was really pleasant listening, but very samey, could've been on a very indie advert.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

This Joni Mitchell album has way too much Joni Mitchell in it. Less Joni please. I liked a lot of the music and was even surprised by a couple of songs, but less Joni would have made all of them better.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

After just listening to Tori Amos, I don't feel that Joni Mitchell carries the same passion... it's feels more like an aloof observer, with a very samey feel throughout the album. It is well written, but doesn't capture my interest very well.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Jazz/prog folk. It’s just not really my thing

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Nice.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

All of these tracks were new to me, but Joni Mitchell's clear and strong voice was shone through on each track. The album is good, but none of the tracks really stood out to me enough to call me back to the album for a second listen.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
3

If I was being sung to sleep sure. Did not enjoy.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Fine 70's hippie folk. Pleasant listening, wouldn't mind if it came on again, but wouldn't likely search for it.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

I thought I was going to be able to handle about 10 seconds per song but made it thru whole album. Actually had some groove here and there. Thought it would be acoustic guitar with that Muppet voice. I'll have to give her more consideration going forward

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

Definitely some good tracks on there, but also some tracks where I felt either too dumb or too sober or too young to appreciate/understand.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

Not on Spotify - Joe Rogan still sucks! All the songs and pretty similar, and not in a good way. She can really sing, and the lyrics are good, but it didn't quite grab me. Very enjoyable, but not especially memorable

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Fri May 13 2022
3

Wistful and melancholic

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Thu May 26 2022
3

p344. 1975. 3 stars The epitome of 70's singer-songwriter albums. Great voice, sharp lyrics, all sorts of things going on here - burundi beat, jazz, West Coast AOR. Not to everyone's taste, and probably not as good as Blue. 1 star deducted for dated production - dig that electric piano baby! - and some tracks outstay their welcome.

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Sun May 29 2022
3

I cannot seem to get into Joni's music. I think it's partially due to here nonchalant delivery which doesn't give much emotion to the songs. I liked the jazz influences incorporated into this record but still not great imo. 5/10

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Not on streaming

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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

Arty and different I liked this.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Joni Mitchell has never been someone I've listened to. Generally, her music does not draw me in. Her voice is absolutely stunning, though

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

She's a good songwriter. I would have to listen to it again to give it a fair go

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Not bad

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Joni Mitchell's style is just so strange. Her lyrics are of course not throwaway but they are also real head-scratchers. Too smart for the rest of us? I got about halfway through the album and was wondering why this album was on the list. Then I restarted it and The Jungle Line really caught my attention - first for the African beat intro and then all the jazz sounds. In retrospect it is an awesome song. And it made me realize she really took some risks, with the jazz arrangements rivalling some of the free jazz or jazz fusion that I've been learning about from this list. Still, In France They Kiss on the Main Street was the only other song that really stuck with me. The album still felt a bit too strange to me.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

I'm not sure what to make of this one. I like Joni Mitchell's voice, and I get the feeling that this is somewhat of a proto-"Graceland", where she is incorporating the things Paul Simon later used. But I still think Paul Simon did better. The lyrics were hard to fathom as well, but I think that has always been the way for Joni. You can't have gotten all those accolades without those lyrics meaning something. Still, I think of her more like Bob Dylan in that I like when others do her music (i.e. "Woodstock"). Anyway, this just didn't click for me, and I'm not sure why. Maybe I need to listen to it again or twice more...

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

This has a certain beauty.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

The Jungle Line and Harry's House / Centrepiece are 5-star songs and I can see the rationale for including this album on the list. I do not care too much about the other songs but overall like the album much better than Blue.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

None of the songs stuck out, but it was nice to listen to.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

Don't worry Joni, I'll get you one day, if only for my parents. I'm trying...

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

The jungle line is echt een vet nummer. Komt dit uit 1975? Voor de rest niet zo boeiend.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

C'était plutôt pas mal, mais j'ai du mal avec les choix d'enchainements de chansons. Joni Mitchell nous propose en effet plusieurs sons acoustiques des plus agréables, constamment entrecoupés de promotions pour la dernière bière à la mode ou encore la dernière marque de dentifrice. Ceci rend l'écoute des plus désagréables, et se doit d'être sanctionné.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Le problème récurrent avec les albums de Joni Mitchell, c'est qu'on est toujours très tenté de cliquer sur les threads horreur de notre ami Squeezie, recommandées à la droite de notre écran. Il faut pourtant tenir.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

I still prefer the more folkish albums of Joni's. This one is pretty good though.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Pretty cool. I liked the last song,

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

This album was fine

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

I've never delved into much of Joni Mitchell's stuff before, I am just familiar with her hits, so going into listening to this album, I didn't know what to expect because I knew none of the songs on the record. I don't know how to categorize this style of music. It is kind of jazzy/folky. Joni has a very unique voice that I didn't much care for at first, but it grew on me as time went on. Upon the first listen to this album, I didn't much care for it, however listening a second time, I grew to like it more. I still don't love it, but I can understand the appeal in certain settings. Even on the first time listening I did like the music. Joni had some experimentation with moog synths and piano, as well as a nice coffeehouse acoustic feel. Something I found odd on The Jungle Line, was the inclusion of an almost 8 bit sound (sounds like the noise heard in 1980s Super Mario Bros on NES when you kill Bowser) throughout the song. That song, however, also featured Drummers of Burundi, which was revolutionary at the time (apparently worldbeat being included in pop music became trendy in the 80s) and sounded great. What took me a while to grasp was Joni's lyrics. She is, for sure, a poet, but one of those poets who have really obscure poems that hipsters like to sit in coffee shops and think about for hours on end trying to make sense of them. It took me two album listens to appreciate what she was saying, and I still don't really know, but some lyrics are so weird that they stood out to me such as: In the song Don't Interrupt the Sorrow, she says "God goes up the chimney like childhood Santa Claus" In the song The Hissing of Summer Lawns she says "he gave her a room full of Chippendale that no one sits in" In the song The Boho Dance she says "like a priest with a pornographic watch, looking and longing on the sly" No idea what any of that means, but the lyrics are neat. I may listen to this album again, but it isn't something I would pull up as a favourite. Favourite songs: Harry's House/Centerpiece (Centerpiece is a fantastic little jazz number), The Boho Dance, Edith and the Kingpin, The Jungle Line Least favourite song: Shadows and Light 3/5

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Fri Nov 11 2022
3

føler eg burde like joni mitchell men har aldri heilt forstått greia

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

Needs another listen.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

rätt så fult för min smak.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
2

Was never really a fan.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
2

Ei kovinkaan mieleenpainuvaa musiikkia. Kovin Tori Amos -tyyppistä menoa mutta huonommilla sävellyksillä. Liekö tämä toiminut esikuvana Amosille.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
2

Como ya había comentado en sus otros 2 discos (que han salido hasta ahora, al menos), Joni Mitchel tiene un timbre y un estilo vocal muy agradables, y creo que su talento fue muy subestimado... ...pero es que de verdad, la música que escoge no le ayuda NADA. Es como una mezcla de folk con jazz rara. Este disco me pareció muy, muy aburrido.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
2

The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Joni Mitchell. A very obscure poem based jazz rock fusion album. I can feel the connection between this album and artists like Bjork or even Portishead altho THoSL is absolutely reflective of the time it was recorded. With flowy orchestral sweeps under spacey synths this music is caught between pop and far out expressionism. The parts I enjoyed were over shadowed by the majority of music that possibly just went over my head. Maybe I wasn't high enough. 2/5

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Thu Jan 14 2021
2

Her voice is just to odd for my taste. 🤷

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Tue May 04 2021
2

Beautiful voice but not my kind of jams.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

There is no variety in this album, all the songs sound the same. It's not horrible but its not great. 2/5

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Some interesting moments and lyrics, but give me “Blue” over this any and every day of the week, please. Sad/weird fact: Joni Mitchell has Morgellon’s Disease which makes you feel like there are literal bugs crawling under your skin. Sounds like a Cronenberg movie.

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Sat Jan 23 2021
2

Aj karamba, zapomnialem ze weekendowo rowniez nowe albumiki maja sie dodawac i zaspalem chyba jednego, przechodzac do samego albumiku, to chyba dosc ciezko go przypisac do konkretnego gatunku, bo niektore kawalki sa trzymane w stricte popowego jazzu, jak otwierajacy in france they kiss on the main street czy boho dance, ale sa tez kawalki ciekawe ktore wedlug mnie zasluguja na uwage, mianowicie the jungle line, przez ciekawie zsamplowane drumy, podobno prawdziwie afrykanskie, bo takie creditsy mozna zobaczyc na liscie kontrybutorow do tego kawalka, kolejnym jest track zamykajacy plyte, czyli shadows and light jest to kompozycja stworzona wokol overduba voica Pani Joni, daje to dosc niezwykly efekt, bo o ile pierwszy raz slysze jej material, a zbyt wielu zenskich wokali nie mialem okazji oceniac, to ten stawiam naprawde wysoko, ale instrumentalnie album zazwyczaj jest nudny, z pewnoscia przeslucham wiecej albumow z takim wokalem

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Mon Jun 14 2021
2

Nah

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

seems dated now

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Fri Mar 19 2021
2

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

Some decent songs but no where near as good as court and spark or blue

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Tue Jun 01 2021
2

Some interesting songs, too rambling and whimsical for me.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

First time hear this music creator. Interesting.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

meh

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Tue Jul 20 2021
2

não curti muito

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

Pesado y aburrido de escuchar. Tiene discos mucho mejores.

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Sun May 09 2021
2

I’ve heard of Joni before, other than the first song which I found good the album wasn’t to my liking just not something I would listen to 2/5

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Thu Jul 15 2021
2

Again, just not my thing.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

57. Ninguém toca no menino, o menino é protegido, o menino é especial. Já há poucos pontos no mapa para eu pôr. Temos de criar novas memórias com o menino, daqui a uns anos ele não se lembra de nada. Mais vale remediar. MotA: The Hissing of Summer Lawns "Downtown / My darling dime store thief"

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Sat Sep 11 2021
2

Beetje een saai album, weinig variatie

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Mon Sep 13 2021
2

not a lot going on here. Jungle Line was only standout song for me.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

I’ll admit that I’ve never heard a Joni Mitchell album before, and I came into this album with absolutely 0 background. After giving this and her top hits a listen, I can see where she was essential in bringing modern folk/Americana to the forefront of popularity. However, I’m not sure if this was the best album to introduce me. For all the fantastic lyrics and singing on Joni’s part, the accompanying folk-jazz blend was just a little too avant-garde. The album is truly unique and by no means bad, and I can tell it’s an album with layers that will take a couple of listens to soak in.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

Folk rock: the genre I don't like that is just so influential and essential that it comprises half this book, almost as if just to annoy me personally. 2/5.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
2

cada vez que escucho a joni mitchell me pasa lo mismo, y es que no puedo conectar con su música sin importar que tan buena sea la canción

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