Manzanita

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  1. BBlatt
    Mar 24, 2005
    9
    Brilliant work. Lyrically subtle, musically satisifying.Cohen, Mitchell and Janch.
  2. Jun 15, 2011
    7
    A welcome return after The Golden State's overly produced sound. If GS had any good outcome on Manzanita, it introduced a fuller of sound brought in from some of her touring band. There are still songs with just her and a piano or a guitar - which highlight her lyrical writing, but sons like "The Way," "Deep At Sea" and "What If We Do?" underscore the rich territory brought in from the newA welcome return after The Golden State's overly produced sound. If GS had any good outcome on Manzanita, it introduced a fuller of sound brought in from some of her touring band. There are still songs with just her and a piano or a guitar - which highlight her lyrical writing, but sons like "The Way," "Deep At Sea" and "What If We Do?" underscore the rich territory brought in from the new band sound. Building a career on austere songwriting, what's most surprising is the sense of humor or whimsy on Manzanita are the songs that I would have never guessed she would have done. Songs like "Casa Nova," and "Tongue-Tied" are welcome additions. Expand
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

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  1. Spin
    83
    Imagine Joni Mitchell if she'd made Miles after Mingus. [Feb 2005, p.92]
  2. The New York Times
    60
    There is nothing but earnestness and obsession in her songs, which risk both clich├ęs and awkwardness as they reach for honesty. [31 Jan 2005]
  3. Brings in a smoky mysticism and freeform beauty that recalls Nick Drake, Tim Buckley, and Joni Mitchell.