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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 (January 17, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw
  • Run Time: 37 minutes
  • ASIN: B000000OME
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chinese Cafe/ Unchained Melody
2. Wild Things Run Fast
3. Ladies' Man
4. Moon At The Window
5. Solid Love
6. Be Cool
7. You Dream Flat Tires
8. Man To Man
9. Underneath The Streetlight
10. Love

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Wild Things Run Fast by Joni Mitchell

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This song is lush, emotional, melodious, & POWERFUL!!!
John T. Howton
It just feels so good to hear this album and the brilliant sound that it has produced with it.
A. Parks
The music is departure for the 70's fans of Joni Mitchell.
Phil in Maryland

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By bethtexas on January 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I liked this album from the very first time I heard it.
This is by no means quintessential Joni. Nowhere in this album will you hear the vulnerable optimist who weaves complicated poetry, touching its peak with high notes. That's the Joni Mitchell of BLUE and LADIES OF THE CANYON. This is a different Joni on a different quest. And I make no apologies in being a die-hart Mitchell fan who enjoys this CD every chance she gets.
These are pop/soft-rock songs, all sung in Joni's lower register with a focus, as always, on lyrics. The songs are catchy. They're exactly the upbeat tempo I like to have in my car on the way to work, and they're smoothed out so nicely with a low-riding instrumentation that you can listen to them at the end of the day as well, kick off your shoes, and get into the mellow aspect of these poppy beats.
To me, this album is perfect when I'm in a certain mood. When I need something upbeat, poppy and with flow ... but I'm not in the mood to listen to bland, commercialized lyrics ... this is the perfect mix. I get my catchy songs - but with Joni-quality lyrics!
This is not an example of the folk-song artwork that made her famous. It's something completely different. But I'm not always in the mood for folk music! Sometimes I want to hear something more lively and groovy. So I'm glad Joni made an album for THAT too.
I have a friend who sings the "Be Cool" song on this album every time she gets in a fight with her long-term boyfriend. She said it keeps her from doing something stupid. Personally, I prefer the "Man to man" song because of the mellow beat and the articular lyrics.
You just can't dissuade true Joni Mitchell fans. We want her in all her forms!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
For many of us fans, the first phase of Joni Mitchell's illustrious career ended with the release of "Mingus", the final instalment of her three album experiment with jazz. So,when the 80s heralded a new beginning for Joni, some of us were understandably nervous. After all, a change of labels must surely promise more than a superficial makeover. From her folksy beginnings, Joni metamorphised with ease over a space of a decade into an avant garde folk rock singer-songwriter of incomparable stature with an impressive roll call of classic albums ("Blue", "For The Roses", "Court and Spark", "The Hissing Of Summer Lawns", and "Hejira" to name a few). So, what's next ?
"Wild Things Run Fast (WTRF)" is Joni's first record as a contemporary rock artiste....and while it's truly remarkable that she succeeded in reinventing herself musically to stay relevant after her bout of flirtation with jazz left her without a mainstream audience, the results of WTRF are decidedly mixed. Not surprisingly, she comes off best with music that recalls her 70s past and shows her natural development as an artiste and worst when she's at her most self conscious about displaying her new persona.
The gorgeously languid "Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody", whose poignant lyrics recall her failure as a mother, is a perfect opener. But the mood doesn't last. The title track that follows is an "in-your-face" introduction to the new Joni. Fueled by heavy drums and a growling rock and roll lead guitar, "Wild Things Run Fast" jerks, stops and starts, recalling the power pop of new wave bands. An interesting if not altogether promising glimpse of what lies in store.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Joni Mitchell has been labeled a lot of things. Some have mistakenly called her a "folkie"; others, in referencing her mid to late 70s albums (whether critical or supportive of them) have referred to her as jazz musician. While neither is accurate, the mistake is easy to understanding. A girl with an acoustic guitar singing in a soprano-esque voice is "folk" and a lady with a cigarette in her hand backed by horns and/or jazz players is a jazz singer. On 'Wild Things Run Fast'-the first of three albums released in the 1980s, Joni put away much of either of these often misunderstood periods and simply played pop music. Pop music about love, to be more accurate. Happy pop music about love, actually. That last adjective (happy) may explain why some people have a real problem getting into 'Wild Things...' . Joni has always been somewhat of a mistress of the downtrodden. The other obstacle is co-producer Larry Klein, Joni's husband just before the production of the record, but not the subject of most of the love songs. Many feel that Klein, the first "real" co-producer of a Mitchell album (David Crosby admits he didn't know what he was doing on the debut), watered down the sound with sentiment. But if there is anything to criticize on this record, it isn't the singing (which as usual as that casual knowingness and subtleties we love), the playing, the production, or even the subject matter-if Joni was/is happy, good for her. It's the lack of daring in the approach that's disappointing. Perhaps a reaction to losing fans and airplay for 'Mingus' and it's experimental tone or simply because it was time to settle down, the album is almost too laid back-quite a statement regarding the woman who gave us 'Hejira'.Read more ›
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