“The Hissing Of Summer Lawns” by Joni Mitchell - album review

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TJR says

By this stage, the pop sensibilities of “Ladies of the Canyon” (1970) and “Blue” (1971) were a thing of the past as Joni gets softer, yet jazzier and more complex than ever – it is fair to say she is now fully de-folkified and I am bored more often than not. That said, a major stand out on side 1 is served via “The Jungle Line”, which is authentically delivered on a magnificent bed of traditional African Burundi beats set against off-kilter Eno-esque New Wave synth lines. If only her heart truly lay in this stunning type of approach. Sigh. Side 2 has “Harry’s House / Centerpiece” to recommend it, most especially the second half which finds an affection-starved suburban trophy-wife finally telling Harry what he can do with his house. He drifts off into a memory which is played out by Joni by interloping a cover of “Centerpiece” (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, 1959), which recalls how idyllic it should have been, the dream being punctured by snapshots of unruly kids running riot and stressin’ out Mom. It’s quite the drama. Whether you dig Joni or not, she is like no other, and always has something to offer.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [03:19] 4.5.png Joni Mitchell - In France They Kiss On Main Street (Joni Mitchell) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
A2 [04:25] 8.7.png Joni Mitchell - The Jungle Line (Joni Mitchell) Cerebral Pop
A3 [03:38] 5.1.png Joni Mitchell - Edith And The Kingpin (Joni Mitchell) Jazz
A4 [04:05] 4.9.png Joni Mitchell - Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow (Joni Mitchell) Jazz
A5 [04:59] 4.6.png Joni Mitchell - Shades Of Scarlett Conquering (Joni Mitchell) Songwriter
B1 [03:01] 5.5.png Joni Mitchell - The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (Joni Mitchell, John Guerin) Jazz
B2 [03:48] 4.2.png Joni Mitchell - The Boho Dance (Joni Mitchell) Songwriter
B3 [06:48] 7.2.png Joni Mitchell - Harry’s House / Centerpiece (Joni Mitchell - Jon Hendricks, Harry Edison) Jazz
B4 [04:12] 3.9.png Joni Mitchell - Sweet Bird (Joni Mitchell) Alternative Country
B5 [04:19] 4.0.png Joni Mitchell - Shadows And Light (Joni Mitchell) Songwriter

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