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Joni Mitchell

Reprise Records

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– The Analog Vault // Essential Listening –

Confessional poetry has always been the province of folk music, but few (if any) albums in history of the genre have proven to be as raw, naked or emotionally honest as Joni Mitchell’s seminal 1971 album. Entitled Blue, the Canadian singer-songwriter’s fourth record is as unguarded and vulnerable as lyrical storytelling can get. Written and produced entirely by Mitchell after her breakup with Graham Nash and during her relationship with James Taylor, this acoustic album is an introspective rumination on romantic failures, sexual freedom and feminine appetites. 

Instrumentally, Blue’s sparseness and simplicity - built around minimalist piano, guitar and Appalachian dulcimer arrangements - is not only akin to Mitchell’s isolated melancholy, but also the perfect canvas for her porous, precise and probing reflections on yearning and regret. Filled with hard-earned, heartbroken wisdom, Blue offers bittersweet profundity in spades. - The Analog Vault

"Sad, spare, and beautiful, Blue is the quintessential confessional singer/songwriter album. Forthright and poetic, Joni Mitchell's songs are raw nerves, tales of love and loss (two words with relative meaning here) etched with stunning complexity; even tracks like "All I Want," "My Old Man," and "Carey" -- the brightest, most hopeful moments on the record -- are darkened by bittersweet moments of sorrow and loneliness.

At the same time that songs like "Little Green" (about a child given up for adoption) and the title cut (a hymn to salvation supposedly penned for James Taylor) raise the stakes of confessional folk-pop to new levels of honesty and openness, Mitchell's music moves beyond the constraints of acoustic folk into more intricate and diverse territory, setting the stage for the experimentation of her later work. Unrivaled in its intensity and insight, Blue remains a watershed. " - Allmusic

Label: Reprise Records // Rhino
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Reissued: 2022 (Original: 1971)
Genre:  Rock
Style: Folk Rock, Female Vocals