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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.Read more ›
"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...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love that album - symphony orchestra with Joni 'it helps voice and melodiesPublished 25 days ago by Mialyn Hanna
Joni has never disappointed me. Each song she has ever written is the best song she has ever written.Published 3 months ago by Marilyn Peterson
Not her best, but since this is probably her last I bought it. This one is not for everyone, but I'm a longtime fan and have more of her releases than any other artist. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Hank
I first heard the title cut "Shine" a few days ago. and was immediately reminded of Joni Mitchell's song-crafting artistry. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mark R. Soboslai
I am a big fan of Joni Mitchell since high school--that is over 40 years and there is little I do not like. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Linda Fadel
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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
Sep 20, 2007 by Victor Pullano | See all 7 posts
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The voice, the words, the music... all back
and more thought provoking than ever, talk about timely....
I just saw a commerical for the new cd this
morning on one of the big TV stations and it was
a great pre-view, all those people watching
the news and traffic updates getting ready for
work and... Read More
Sep 25, 2007 by J. Bilby | See all 2 posts