Joni Mitchell’s Blue reviewed – archive, 29 June 1971
Joni Mitchell’s new album, Blue, is about to he launched right here by Warner Brothers (Ok 44128). A big proportion of Joni’s most notable songs, thus far, have been intensely visible. What she’s seen, she has refined; however the songs’ pictures have been these of the attention.
The lyrics of Blue are much less adventurous than in her earlier three albums; alternatively, its music is much less cautious. This can be a honest change. The album is rather more about Joni herself, much less of scenes she’s noticed. The songs that stand out, not less than at first, are earthy. In ‘All I Need’ Joni desires to “wreck my stockings in some juke-box dive”.
She makes it clear that she doesn’t care to be construed as reliable. As a substitute she insists on having the ability to be wilful. Blue is, I suppose, much less consultant of girls than Joni’s earlier albums; however its songs are as marvellously singular, if extra relaxed.
Graham Nash is the “Willy” of the Joni music of that identify. His fashion is overtly confessional: there’s a gaggle of singers in California, together with Joni, James Taylor, Stephen Stills, and Neil Younger, not less than a few of whose songs are letters to 1 one other. Nash has simply launched his first album, Songs For Inexperienced persons (Atlantic SD 7204).
Songs For Inexperienced persons is one more album recorded at Wally Heider’s studio, with the necessary star musicians as backers. This overpopulation helped to make David Crosby’s solo album a swamp of unresolved sound. Against this, Nash makes use of his musicians with focus and economic system.