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Wild Things Run Fast

4.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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Wild Things Run Fast by Joni Mitchell

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 19, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • Run Time: 36 minutes
  • ASIN: B000000OME
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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This is my first Joni Mitchell CD and I find it enjoyable and entertaining. I will be exploring more of her music based on this disc. I would agree with David Crosby's recent statement that she is the leading songwriter/singer of the time. Wishing and hoping she will have the best recovery possible from her recent medical event.
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Some view this album as Joni's half-hearted attempt to reenter the pop arena after reaching the limits of her jazz experimentation with 1979's Mingus. Instead, I think Wild Things Run Fast represents her then-newfound ability to write and sing spirited rock 'n' roll and R&B tunes -- an ability she apparently nurtured during her exploration of classic African-American music during the Mingus era -- and was thus the next logical step in her musical progression. Joni cues us to her state of mind with the opening cut, "Chinese Cafe/Unchained Melody," which finds her contemplating middle age and remembering how she and her friend Carol were "wild in the old days / birth of rock 'n' roll days." She exits the ballad with a wistfully sung verse of the R&B classic "Unchained Melody," and what follows is a collection of songs that celebrate new love and examine elusive affections in settings that flash with bright, rocking energy and smolder with an assured soulfulness that was becoming an integral part of Joni's delivery. It's easy to imagine Aretha Franklin singing "Ladies' Man," and maybe it would've taken the Queen of Soul to effectively reveal Joni's musical growth here, but on the right day this album can be an enchanting treat and is a lot of fun to sing along with. I'm not surprised that two of the liveliest, most engaging cuts on Joni's new album, Travelogue, are "You Dream Flat Tires" and "Be Cool" from Wild Things Run Fast.
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