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Shine

Joni MitchellAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century. Uncompromising and iconoclastic, Mitchell confounded expectations at every turn; restlessly innovative, her music evolved from deeply personal folk stylings into pop, jazz, avant-garde, and even world music, presaging the multicultural experimentation of the ... Read more in Amazon's Joni Mitchell Store

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HEAR MUSIC
  • ASIN: B000UR366S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Joni Mitchell is generally considered to be the single most important female singer-songwriter of the 20th Century. Her new CD features 10 great new songs that resonate on the level of some of her all-time classic work, with much of the material inspired by Joni's passion to save the environment. Her lyrics on the subject are truly inspiring.

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Shine may ultimately register as a "fans only" milestone, but it proves that Joni Mitchell retains many of the storied calling cards of her best albums. The searing lyricism of 1971's Blue and the penchant for self-redefinition hailed by 1974's Court and Spark make cameos here, but sadly, lesser efforts' drawbacks abound. True, "Big Yellow Taxi" reprises the environmental dystopia Mitchell first poeticized on 1970's Ladies of the Canyon, but the occasion only prompts new pedantic effrontery ("This Place," "If I Had a Heart"). In this regard, Shine's especially cloying title track marks the worst offender. Blissfully, though, "Hana" boasts a driving rhythm section and blurting squirts of electric guitar and saxophone in support of a compelling character sketch, and "If"--based on Rudyard Kipling's poem of the same name--paints a lyrical message of affirmation in bold strokes. Mitchell's songwriting shines brightest at such singularly poignant moments where specificity of images meets the vagaries of the instrumental arrangements, and, in the end, these and other highlights ("Bad Dreams," "Night of the Iguana") definitively carry the torch. --Jason Kirk

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170 of 187 people found the following review helpful
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Joni Mitchell's first album of new songs in nine years finds her mourning the sad state of the planet, but with a newfound acceptance that all things have their place in the universe ("bad dreams are good in the great plan," as she puts it here, quoting her young grandson) -- including her own anger and disappointment. Despite the numerous Robinson Jeffers-like call-outs of money/corruption/greed/rage/war and the incivility of humankind, the album does not end up being disheartening, but the opposite. Her voice -- husky with age and chain-smoked American Spirits -- shines with a warrior's strength and defiance even in ragged armor, like Billie Holiday's late recordings. And most wonderfully, Joni is still pushing her music into vital new territory, foregoing the synthesizer-guitar textures of "Taming the Tiger" for piano, horns, percussion, and other warmly organic voices.

She boldly opens the album with an instrumental, which struck me as an ungenerous move on first hearing, but in the context of the rest of the album makes perfect sense on Joni's terms, which are the only terms on which she makes records, bless her. (Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young -- her true peers -- also specialized in weirding out listeners who expected more-of-the-same with each new record.) Every song gets a distinctive orchestration of its own, from the percolating "Hana" -- a portrait of an old movie heroine, an Irish bodhisattva disguised as a traveling maid, who had "a special knack for getting people back on the right track" -- to a playful reprise of "Big Yellow Taxi" rescored like French circus music.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and insightful September 25, 2007
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(4 & 1/2 stars) Joni Mitchell's latest CD is a most welcome return, and worth the wait. This was obviously a very personal work, as she not only wrote and sang the tunes, she also played the majority of the instruments and co-produced! (Two notable exceptions to the one-woman show are Bob Sheppard's adept sax lines and some sweet pedal steel by Greg Leisz.) The songs are classic Joni, sometimes swinging, other times brilliantly introspective, always thought-provoking. Some will almost certainly be added to my list of Joni Mitchell favorites, particularly the marvelous "Bad Dreams." Lyrically, her poetic insights are most timely, with comments on our destruction of the planet, the blindness of elected officials, the climate of hatred and tension which pervades, but also some much more intimate observations. To echo what others have said, as striking as this album has been the first couple of times through, I think it's something I will grow to appreciate even more in the coming years.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Important January 7, 2008
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What a great tribute to the ideals we all held so fast to during the 60's! Joni is alive and well...rasphy and sultry she still gets her message across. I enjoyed her new CD "Shine" so much I gave it to all my friends whom I love for Christmas! Pour a glass of wine, push "play" and sit back and enjoy every single delightful poem on this venture. The old girl still has a lot to say!To say it is easy listening would be rude, but easy it is ! Jazzy and earthy, the message of conservation and solutions comes thru loud and clear. And I loved it! So will you !
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So worth the wait! September 25, 2007
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Joni Mitchell has been my favorite singer since I was 18 years old, but I have to admit that I'm rarely immediately blown away by her new releases. The last time was the amazing "Turbulent Indigo". After such a long wait for new material, I was in equal parts excited to finally hear it and nervous that I wouldn't like it. I needn't have worried.

"Shine" is a wonderful CD!

Having listened to it four times already, I can honestly say that I love it. Starting out with the wonderful instrumental "One Week Last Summer", "Shine" remains lovely and poignant throughout. Some might be quick on the draw to dismiss it as just more of Joni whining about the world's woes as she sees them, but if you take the time to listen to the lyrics (and read along), you'll find that she is dead on. Something very different from her previous social commentary is the fact that, while Joni does decry the world's injustices, the overall tone is empowering... we all have the ability to change the course of fate. The song "Shine" really sums up the whole idea (or at least as I interpret it)... that whether what comes at you is good or bad, it's up to you to deal with life in a positive way. This is probably the most optimistic set Joni has ever done.

To my mind, there is not a false word or false note on here. Lyrically, I would say that Joni is as strong as ever, and musically, the sound is completely fresh, very atmospheric, and extremely well played and produced. As for my fear that Joni's voice would be weak and whispery, I actually think she sounds better than she did on "Taming the Tiger".

Each of the tracks on "Shine" stands on its own, but played in sequence they make for a really great set. One admission, and I'm probably on my own here...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful. Wish every leader in the world would listen to her message.
Its Joni Mitchell what else is there to say. She "Shines" the light on the human condition no matter what the raw truth is. It is beautiful piece of work. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Paul Meinke
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Too much sameness to the songs. Not enough melodic hooks.
Published 2 months ago by Greg T.
4.0 out of 5 stars She stil has something to say
Obviously this album drew a wide variety of opinions from longtime Joni Mitchell fans, which only serves to amplify just how much she means, and has meant, to her listening... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
2.0 out of 5 stars makes a nice E.P.
HANA, BAD DREAMS, cover of BIG YELLOW TAXI, and closing number, IF > put them on a CD with four songs. call it BIG YELLOW TAXI '07. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Phil S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Joni, nothing if not creative
What knocked my socks off what Kipling's poem "If" turned to music by Joni. My mother used to read me that poem and it turned out to be like the I Ching in its depth of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Chazz at Jefferson's U
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
she is a very talented musician & songwriter, and I love her style. her albums are always a good listen, entertaining, and enjoyable
Published 9 months ago by pen name
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to accept...
Joni can do no wrong. EVER. But this as close as she comes to it...I had to MAKE myself listen to it twice, just to be sure that I wasn't being unfair. Terrible. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pamela Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisited
When this cd came out I bought it and listened and that was it. I felt it was too downbeat. Recently I listened again, and, maybe it's the times, maybe it's just me, but this is a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by TDH
5.0 out of 5 stars Shine Joni, shine!
I was surprised with this CD, which I liked since my first listening. It is good to know that after almost six years from her last work 'Travelogue', she is still in tune and... Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by Ricardo Segawa
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is a great CD. It's like the old days when every single song is good.
If you love Joni, you'll love this CD.
Published on September 22, 2011 by IK
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The voice, the words, the music... all back
and more thought provoking than ever, talk about timely....
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Sep 25, 2007 by J. Bilby |  See all 2 posts
the Amazon review of this album - idiocy on display
I've only heard 3 of the tracks in their entirety (plus the Amazon posted samples of the rest), but I have read all of the lyrics. My conclusion on this (admittedly incomplete) information is that `Shine' is going to be one hell of a great record. Mr. Kirk's review is fair and not too damning,... Read More
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