Post by steve hague Post by Rosalind Mitchell Post by steve hague Post by Rosalind Mitchell
No, not that one. If I hear 'Carey' or 'The Last Time I Saw Richard'
on R4 again I shall scream.
Why aren't we getting the same wall-to-wall coverage of Leonard
Cohen's stygian dark, deeply personal and quite magnificent Songs of
Love and Hate? You know, the one where Lenny is actually laughing on
I can never listen to 'The Circle Game' again, but not because of
over exposure. I still think she wrote some great songs early on, but
ran out of ideas in her mid thirties, which didn't stop her from
making many more albums.
The Circle Game is from Ladies of the Canyon a couple of years
earlier, along with Woodstock and Big Yellow Taxi. The one that is
being flogged to death on R4 lately is Blue. Blue is where I left off
with Joni Mitchell albums so I'm not much aware of what she did
Lennie died nearly five years ago now but Joni is still alive and I
believe not at all well. Maybe that's behind all the attention.
We persevered as far as Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm, more out of hope
She began to lose me when she went all jazzy in the late 70s. I do like
Night Ride Home and Turbulent Indigo, though.
As to the attention, I think Blue is a remarkable album and worthy of a
good deal of fuss; it would be a contender for my choice of Greatest
Album Ever (as if such a single choice were feasible across so many
genres etc). I agree that Songs Of Love And Hate is a fine album, but
for me it's just that, while Blue is a towering masterpiece. YMMV, of
course. Luckily I have avoided the repetitious playing of a few tracks
(FWIW, when Blue came out I was very unimpressed. I was 17 and a huge
fan of her first three albums but I found Blue too different and strange
- and it had represented a fairly significant investment for me at the
time. It grew on me as I grew up in the next two or three years. The
folly of youth, eh?)
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