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The Joni Mitchell - Best Album POLL

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I could make a case for Hejira or Court & Spark & will even rep pretty hard for Night Ride Home but Blue straight-up changed my life. There may not be any record in the world to which I feel a stronger emotional connection.

Man Is Nairf! (J0hn D.), Friday, 4 September 2009 21:30 (six years ago) Permalink

Don Juan's for me, no objectivity here just love

"In my dweems we fwy"

Milton Parker, Friday, 4 September 2009 21:33 (six years ago) Permalink

i ended up voting for blue and predict a massive "silent majority" effect in these poll results

i'm beasting off the riesling (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 4 September 2009 21:41 (six years ago) Permalink

For what -- Wild Things Run Fast?

Dubya had her cover of "You're So Square" on his iPod a few years ago.

My life is butthurt so badly (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 4 September 2009 21:43 (six years ago) Permalink

Court & Spark

Turangalila, Friday, 4 September 2009 21:44 (six years ago) Permalink

blue, hejira or mingus for me. three different stages of a woman. i haven't decided yet. actuallky i don'tb think there is a best. but everything after wild things run fast was sub par.

alex in mainhattan, Friday, 4 September 2009 21:46 (six years ago) Permalink

kind of surprised she's done as many albums after mingus as before. even if it took three times as long.

mingus is odd, touching, underrated, i think bcz of how understated it is as memorial and testimony

the stuff around hejira, with the sort of variable-length wobbly-melodied lines, seems way better than anything else to me. that sort of structure stopped her from falling into hippie truism, which when she does such i loathe it

i still don't know about how i feel about jaco pastorius tho

thomp, Friday, 4 September 2009 22:30 (six years ago) Permalink

don't get M@tt started on Jaco IIRC

Man Is Nairf! (J0hn D.), Friday, 4 September 2009 22:55 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm struggling here with why anyone would vote for anything other than Blue.

anagram, Friday, 4 September 2009 23:11 (six years ago) Permalink

don't get M@tt started on Jaco IIRC

― Man Is Nairf! (J0hn D.), Friday, September 4, 2009 10:55 PM (24 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

lol seriously i am a total asshole about jaco, believe j0hn

i'm beasting off the riesling (M@tt He1ges0n), Friday, 4 September 2009 23:20 (six years ago) Permalink

c'mon don't tell me no one is gonna vote for Hejira

Gigolo Grasiento (baaderonixx), Saturday, 5 September 2009 00:02 (six years ago) Permalink

hissing for me. saw an otherwise excellent doco on her a little while back and this album wasn't even mentioned :-(

nonightsweats, Saturday, 5 September 2009 00:26 (six years ago) Permalink

C&S

iago g., Saturday, 5 September 2009 01:04 (six years ago) Permalink

My vote and my top 3 are the same as Geir's. Maybe Blue and Dog Eat Dog round out the top 5 for me.

Paul in Santa Cruz, Saturday, 5 September 2009 01:29 (six years ago) Permalink

For The Roses has crept back up in my estimation. Now it's equal with Hissing and Blue behind Hejira which is always and 4 ever my fave.

Tim F, Saturday, 5 September 2009 02:29 (six years ago) Permalink

Spent many many hours listening to Blue and Court & Spark way back when. The voice, music and the half-tone slightly mysterious photos of Joni on those 2 albums - that was an awesome combo when I was 14 or so. Voted Blue, that was the first one.

that's not my post, Saturday, 5 September 2009 03:44 (six years ago) Permalink

xposts:"ended up voting for blue and predict a massive "silent majority" effect in these poll results"
"I'm struggling here with why anyone would vote for anything other than Blue"

"Spent many many hours listening to Blue and Court & Spark way back when. The voice, music and the half-tone slightly mysterious photos of Joni on those 2 albums - that was an awesome combo when I was 14 or so. Voted Blue, that was the first one."

agreeeed! in addition to Blue and Court and Spark, For the Roses always hit close to home, and either could be the top pick on any given day. Hejira then Hissing... round out me pee-oh-vee.

outdoor_miner, Saturday, 5 September 2009 04:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Feel like a total asshole for voting Miles of Aisles but there is no better combination of her songs on record!!! Don't hate me ILM, esp. if you include RAD live albums on career retrospective polls!!!

*⁂((✪⥎✪))⁂* (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 5 September 2009 05:24 (six years ago) Permalink

nah, Miles of Aisles is great, esp. the full-band songs.

Houston (Euler), Saturday, 5 September 2009 06:56 (six years ago) Permalink

I love Joni more than most music geeks, but I can't really pretend any other album comes close to 'Blue,' for me.

Soundslike, Saturday, 5 September 2009 07:27 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, see, I love Blue -- my first Joni, etc -- but I don't play it as much as C&S, Hissing of Summer Lawns, or Hejira.

My life is butthurt so badly (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 5 September 2009 11:49 (six years ago) Permalink

Blue is really a very time/place/emotion specific record. It's really hard to listen to large parts of it if I'm in a very specific frame of mind (generally full-blown depression, anxiety, etc). C&S can really come on at any time, though.

Mordy, Saturday, 5 September 2009 11:56 (six years ago) Permalink

Unless I'm in a very...*

Mordy, Saturday, 5 September 2009 11:56 (six years ago) Permalink

I love Blue but I don't really get its mystique as this depressive mopefest of an album. A good half of it seems fairly upbeat to me.

Tim F, Saturday, 5 September 2009 14:31 (six years ago) Permalink

Summer Lawns, easy. Weirdly, I have the exact same top 3 as Geir. Thought I could rely on him to complain about The Jungle Line being "insufficently melodic".

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Saturday, 5 September 2009 15:50 (six years ago) Permalink

"Hejira" although really there's a few of these records that are so good that rating one over another is kind of pointless.

\/*|_*/-\*|) (Pashmina), Saturday, 5 September 2009 15:58 (six years ago) Permalink

Blue because it touches my very soul and I know that sounds totally corny.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Saturday, 5 September 2009 16:03 (six years ago) Permalink

m@tt, please tell me how you feel about the playing of jaco pastorius purely on joni's mid-period work. including his solo spots on shadows + light tour if you wish:

thomp, Saturday, 5 September 2009 18:16 (six years ago) Permalink

jaco shreds

*⁂((✪⥎✪))⁂* (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 5 September 2009 18:28 (six years ago) Permalink

had to double check it wasn't an StS vid..............

*⁂((✪⥎✪))⁂* (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 5 September 2009 18:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, see, I love Blue -- my first Joni, etc -- but I don't play it as much as C&S, Hissing of Summer Lawns, or Hejira.

Exactly.

jaymc, Saturday, 5 September 2009 22:24 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 29 September 2009 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 30 September 2009 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

pffffffff

spiny doughboy (baaderonixx), Thursday, 1 October 2009 05:52 (six years ago) Permalink

I don't understand why Ladies & Court are so low. :(

Turangalila, Thursday, 1 October 2009 06:03 (six years ago) Permalink

That is the right answer.

anagram, Thursday, 1 October 2009 07:24 (six years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

i probably would have ended up voting for "hissing of summer lawns" though honestly why choose?

btw what do people think of "both sides now"--the song?

by another name (amateurist), Tuesday, 6 April 2010 08:25 (six years ago) Permalink

these results still seem surprising.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 6 April 2010 08:35 (six years ago) Permalink

I love "Both Sides, Now", and think it's the best song on Clouds. Oh, those vocal melodies: I swoon each time (listening now).

offshore "drilling" for (Euler), Tuesday, 6 April 2010 08:40 (six years ago) Permalink

i would've thrown "shadows and light" a vote

hobbes, Tuesday, 6 April 2010 08:41 (six years ago) Permalink

the Lincoln Center (I think - big public-tv presentation w/orchestra) of "Both Sides Now" took my breath away.

also, thank you this thread for helping me realize what I need to listen to tonight in this faraway place.

Twink Will Ferrell (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 6 April 2010 08:50 (six years ago) Permalink

YOU KNOW IT SURE IS HARD TO LEAVE YOU CAREY BUT IT'S REALLY NOT MY HOME

Twink Will Ferrell (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 6 April 2010 08:57 (six years ago) Permalink

HOPE THEY FINALLY FIXED YOUR AUTOMOBILE/HOPE IT'S BETTER WHEN WE MEET AGAIN, BABY

Twink Will Ferrell (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 6 April 2010 09:09 (six years ago) Permalink

You're gonna come now or you're gonna come later.

offshore "drilling" for (Euler), Tuesday, 6 April 2010 09:13 (six years ago) Permalink

i like glen campbell's syrupy version of "both sides, now"

by another name (amateurist), Tuesday, 6 April 2010 09:14 (six years ago) Permalink

I'M GONNA MAKE A LOT OF MONEY/AND THEN I'M GONNA QUIT THIS CRAZY SCENE

Twink Will Ferrell (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 6 April 2010 09:15 (six years ago) Permalink

what does it gotta feel like to know that you wrote this album

Twink Will Ferrell (J0hn D.), Tuesday, 6 April 2010 09:20 (six years ago) Permalink

I guess I seem ungrateful / with my teeth sunk in the hand / that brings me things / I really can't give up just yet

offshore "drilling" for (Euler), Tuesday, 6 April 2010 09:26 (six years ago) Permalink

The version of "Both Sides Now" on Joni's (otherwise) covers album with the same name from oh maybe five/ten years ago is pretty amazing. I dunno if there's ever been a song written by someone when they're young that is better suited to a wistful wizened "cover" by the same artist 30+ years on. It simply drips resonance.

Tim F, Tuesday, 6 April 2010 12:58 (six years ago) Permalink

My mother, who is not a music snob, became fascinated with that 2000 version of "Both Sides Now" after hearing it in Love Actually; she would play it over and over again, deeply moved. I'm pretty fond of it myself – the best use of Joni's nicotine-scarred pipes.

filling the medicare donut hole with the semen of liberal (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 April 2010 13:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Its immaculate condition – I doubt it'd been played once – is telling.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 23 April 2012 14:16 (four years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

"Paprika Plains" has revealed its secrets to me.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 February 2013 12:52 (three years ago) Permalink

SPOILER ALERT

dry rub come save beef (flamboyant goon tie included), Saturday, 9 February 2013 13:32 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

after another long session with night ride home i decided to listen to her '80s records for the first time. wild things run fast feels slight but could also grow deeper the more i listen to it. dog eat dog, though! this is great! i love all of these synth textures

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 29 August 2014 12:36 (one year ago) Permalink

I suppose I should finally listen to Dog Eat Dog

Tim F, Saturday, 30 August 2014 06:19 (one year ago) Permalink

I bought DED on cassette for $3 at a Best Buy in the summer of '98. "Fiction" is my favorite of the didactic songs, and the single "Good Friends" folds the Thomas Dolby filigrees into a fraught, shimmering minor classic. "Impossible Dreamer" isn't bad. The rest is failed experimentation. You can also hear her voice beginning to change.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 30 August 2014 11:34 (one year ago) Permalink

how do you feel about chalk mark in a rain storm alfred? was going to listen to that one today

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 30 August 2014 17:55 (one year ago) Permalink

too many guests, not enough songs.

NRH is where she realizes that sound.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 30 August 2014 18:15 (one year ago) Permalink

listening to it now i can definitely see that. still enjoying the explicitly '80s touches. dog eat dog in retrospect is a pretty big outlier in her catalogue

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 30 August 2014 21:00 (one year ago) Permalink

"lakota" is both embarrassing and gorgeous

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 30 August 2014 21:03 (one year ago) Permalink

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha "dancin' clown"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 30 August 2014 21:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Night Ride Home is so good it's not possible. I feel like i'll even need to listen to Shine at some point on the off chance it's an unrecognised minor classic.

Tim F, Saturday, 30 August 2014 21:19 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah night ride home kills me. been listening to it around 1 am every night for the past week and it goes so many places without moving very much at all

meanwhile clear standout of chalk mark is "the beat of black wings" which is fucking unbelievable

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 30 August 2014 21:22 (one year ago) Permalink

also janet jackson's favourite song

Tim F, Saturday, 30 August 2014 21:23 (one year ago) Permalink

I like the Peter Gabriel duet.

My friend Inskeep wrote this for Stylus years ago:

http://www.stylusmagazine.com/articles/on_second_thought/joni-mitchell-chalk-mark-in-a-rain-storm.htm

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Interesting take but he makes it sound as if Joni went straight from folkie to overproduced aging boomer

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 31 August 2014 13:59 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

her politics are pretty simpleminded on those late records; she's casting aspersions all over the place. it's tiresome, even when the music is occasionally seductive. although it's pretty obvious her melodic facility nearly dried up some time around 1979.

wizzz! (amateurist), Sunday, 8 May 2016 12:59 (three months ago) Permalink

Thanks to Tim F and John D's efforts, I've come round to the entirety of Night Ride Home, one of my favorite autumnal releases.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 8 May 2016 13:38 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah, Night Ride Home is a wonderful record.

farmboy, Sunday, 8 May 2016 18:24 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So the whole time I've been in New York I've had "Song For Sharon" in my head on and off (though haven't actually listened to it). Only Joni could so deeply and indelibly imprint herself in my brain that I can be standing on a subway platform and suddenly think, "A woman I knew just drowned herself / the well was deep and muddy / she was just shaking off futility / or punishing somebody / my friends were calling up all day yesterday / all emotions and abstraction / it seems we all live so close to that line, and / so far from satisfaction..."

Tim F, Thursday, 16 June 2016 04:16 (two months ago) Permalink

i had "free man in paris" in my head all day today

Mordy, Thursday, 16 June 2016 04:21 (two months ago) Permalink

although it's pretty obvious her melodic facility nearly dried up some time around 1979.

given that some of the best melodies she ever wrote are on night ride home, lol

The bald Phil Collins impersonator cash grab (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 16 June 2016 08:32 (two months ago) Permalink

"come in from the cold" is so good

brimstead, Thursday, 16 June 2016 19:18 (two months ago) Permalink

One of her best ever.

Tim F, Thursday, 16 June 2016 22:25 (two months ago) Permalink

whole album is fantastic except for "Ray's Dad's Cadillac"

because moms and because dads (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 June 2016 22:30 (two months ago) Permalink

I've always found the lyrics to "The Windfall" a bit off-putting.

Tim F, Thursday, 16 June 2016 22:45 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't know the details of the lawsuit, and that might help me enjoy the song

because moms and because dads (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 June 2016 22:59 (two months ago) Permalink

nahhhh "ray's dad's cadillac" is great too! love the brassy chord stabs that respond to the refrain.

brimstead, Friday, 17 June 2016 00:22 (two months ago) Permalink

I do like the overall vibe of the verses. I just hate the refrain so much. Focusing on the brass does help, though, so I appreciate the tip.

because moms and because dads (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 17 June 2016 00:31 (two months ago) Permalink

"stokin' the star makin' machinery behind the popular song" is just a beautiful turn of phrase

calstars, Friday, 17 June 2016 03:25 (two months ago) Permalink

Seeing the love that "Come in From the Cold" is getting here is heartwarming.

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Friday, 17 June 2016 03:44 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't know if there are even that many songs about looking back on yr life from the vantage point of middle age anyway, but I can't think of one better, or with such a sense of sweep to it.

Tim F, Friday, 17 June 2016 05:15 (two months ago) Permalink

I love how the synthesizer responsible for the billowing sound effects is called the Billotron.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 17 June 2016 10:31 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

For the Roses holy hell

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Saturday, 9 July 2016 03:38 (one month ago) Permalink

jason mantzoukas is not really my thing. But he recently revelealed that he listened to Hejira every night for 10 years or something, and it's enough to make me feel something for the guy.

Salsa Golf (Argentinean Ketchup) (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 9 July 2016 04:48 (one month ago) Permalink

Eh revealed obv

Salsa Golf (Argentinean Ketchup) (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 9 July 2016 04:48 (one month ago) Permalink


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