Wednesday, November 25

40 Years On: Joni Mitchell's The Hissing Of Summer Lawns Revisited

"... It doesn’t really matter whether The Hissing Of Summer Lawns is Mitchell’s best album. What does matter is that anyone who thrills to, say, Blue, as well they might, may find this even more thrilling if they’ve yet to hear it. Mitchell is unusual among major artists in that little of her very finest work is among her most famous, with the possible exception of this album’s predecessor, Court And Spark. Hejira, the magnificent record that followed it, is stranger, more exotic, more thickly draped in mysteries. There are those - I’ve met one or two - who most adore Mingus, her daring 1979 collaboration with the great double bassist. Then again, 'daring' is tautological when cited in tandem with Joni Mitchell, whose career is one of unparalleled audacity. ..."
The Quietus (Video)
Guardian - Joni Mitchell: the sophistication of her music sets her apart from her peers – even Dylan (Video)
The Four Oh Project: Joni Mitchell’s The Hissing of Summer Lawns
W - The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
Spotify: The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

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