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The actual melodies of the album are super duper original. I actually have the sheet music for the album which was printed in '76...and just a brush through some of the notation quickly reveals "not so standard" note usage and changes. That's interesting. It's a 70's thing. A lot of writers of the period could do this. A prime example, and I really hate to trail off, is the song "Children and All that Jazz", by Joan Baez which was also released in 1975 (The album is called "Diamonds and Rust" and Joni appears on it...so does the LA Express!).
When I arrived home and listened to the album properly, it didn't take anymore than 6 minutes to release the insanity commited to tape in '75. I'm not interested in dissecting every song here because I know that we all hold particular melodies dear to ourselves for different reasons, but let me just say this. I realize that "Edith and the Kingpin" is generally considered the "gem" of the album, but I have a different opinion. For myself, Shades Of Scarlett Conquering is what can almost move me to tears. Shades Of Scarlett Conquering is the best writing on the album, as far as notational content is concered and lyrical content.Read more ›
It shines with a newness, uniqueness and originality that belies its age.
In this set, Mitchell examines the nature of human relationships via a number of set-piece scenarios.
The songs have layers of meaning that are gently peeled back by melody lines that beguile and hypnotise.
The title track with its " ...blue pools in the squinting sun ..." draws us in with its descriptive and pointed analogies of a shallow, loveless and materialistic life.
Again, in Harry's House " ... a helicopter lands on the Pan-Am roof like a dragon-fly on a tomb ..." Mitchell draws on superbly crafted images in her scathing indictment of manipulative, but ultimately mediocre, people who achieve the meaningless lives they deserve.
Edith and the Kingpin is again an insightful observation of an unlikely, and probably unenduring, coupling.
Don't Interrupt the Sorrow and Shades of Scarlet Conquering are rich in imagery and irony.
Overall, the narratives are wrapped in strong soft rock melody lines laced with contemporary jazz nuances.
Great art endures and that may be why The Hissing of Summer Lawns still shines these many years after its initial release.
FIVE STARS for the poetry and superb musicality of it.
This year I began exploring Joni's catalog that I had ignorred so many years. I was prompted by checking one of her recent CDs out from the library. Taming The Tiger.
Court and Spark had always been in my all time top 10 favorites list, but I wanted to see what else she had done in the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s that I had missed.
Just bought this album along with Hejira. I love them both but especially this album and The Jungle Line! Hypnotic.
Didn't find a single song that I don't like on it. And many that I love.
But like I said. I wasn't ready for this until my music tastes matured. I think the alternative/modern rock era has had that affect on me. Listening to softer, beautiful songs like Dave Mathews Band, Counting Crows, Sting, etc. had taught me to love, prepared the way for me to return to Joni.
Joni, thanks for the vast collection of beautiful music you've shared with the world!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent! Love to hear the transition of Joni's music. Had this album years ago on vinyl. Great to get it back on CD.Published 11 days ago by Diane Burke
This record demonstrated that JM had transmuted her folk essence into something new, and probably unstable. Keep taking chances, as William Faulkner said. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Marco Buendia
I listened for many years to the arrangements in awe. The lyrics devastating acute to the realities of the time, right down to a helicopter lands on the Pan Am roof!Published 3 months ago by A REAL BOOMER
I absolutely love her first foray into a jazz-like style. The years have left it sounding somewhat empty, but it's still great!!Published 6 months ago by Yvonne Nelson