Album Reviews

Photo

Joni Mitchell

Travelogue  Hear it Now

RS: 2of 5 Stars Average User Rating: 4of 5 Stars

2004

Play View Joni Mitchell's page on Rhapsody

This bizarre two-disc recording finds the loftiest of singer-songwriters collaborating with a seventy-piece orchestra, revisiting her past work. The arrangements treat Mitchell's tunes as precious artifacts, making little attempt to seduce the listener; only on "The Circle Game," for example, do the strings provide the kind of romantic sonic brocades associated with great orchestral rock. Mitchell -- in strong, ultraconfident voice -- proceeds with her famous jazz inflections, delineating characters such as "Cherokee Louise," who lives under a tunnel. But, the occasional sax flourish notwithstanding, the music does not swing or get loose. Sometimes the album sounds wrongly monumental, as on "Woodstock"; other times, it misses the boat, as on "The Last Time I Saw Richard," which ignores the song's thrilling harmonics. Travelogue translates Joni Mitchell as a scrupulously constructed puzzle.

JAMES HUNTER

(Posted: Nov 5, 2002)

Advertisement

News and Reviews

Advertisement

Previous Next

 

 


Advertisement

Advertisement