Tuesday, July 29 2008
Sometimes changing the course of modern music can be surprisingly easy. Though their names may not be laced in the stars right next to Sinatra and Dylan, these mavericks will always be remembered for breaking boundaries, stretching the definitions of genres, and rewriting what the very notion of a "pop song" is.
Wednesday, July 18 2007
Sarcasm, irony, tongue-in-cheek, parody. Thumb your nose at 'em. Flip 'em the finger. Plug in the amp and blast 'em. That oughta kick 'em outta their apathy and get their asses shakin'! And more thoughts on motivational music.
Monday, November 12 2012
A good holiday album for smart, gentle souls who like fires, sweaters, and evocative songwriting, and who avoid the mall on Black Friday.
Thursday, September 27 2007
An environmentally fired-up Joni returns to songwriting with a gloomy, beautiful set of chamber-pop.
Thursday, April 26 2007
Björk, Elvis Costello, Sufjan Stevens, Prince and more pay tribute to Joni Mitchell.
Thursday, April 28 2005
The third personal compilation of Joni's Songs to be released in the last year, this disc features songs about or inspired by her Canadian childhood. There's almost nothing new here, though Joni's old songs are enough to make you smile. But if you already own this stuff, don't bother. If you don't have it, this is not the ideal collection. So, like -- what's the point?"
Wednesday, January 22 2003
Joni Mitchell is unquestionably one of the finest popular songwriters of the last half-century, and takes her rightful place with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and a handful of others as a highly incisive observer of her generation's struggles and triumphs.
Friday, January 17 2014
The 159th most acclaimed album of all time is flirting around. Flirting and flirting, hurting too. This week's Counterbalance loves its lovin', but not like it loves its freedom.
Friday, August 26 2011
Everybody's saying that hell's the hippest way out but Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn don't think so. They’re taking a look around Joni Mitchell's 1971 folk masterpiece Blue -- Acclaimed Music’s 48th Greatest Album of All Time.
Wednesday, September 1 2010
The world contains lots of delightful sounds: bluebirds trilling, children laughing, brooks babbling, etc. But is there any sound more pleasing than the sound of
Monday, February 22 2010
SEATTLE — With her blond tresses, her sweet and high voice, her charmed songs of love, protest and rites of passage, Joni Mitchell became the quintessential