Shine - Joni Mitchell
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  • Summary: The latest studio album for the Canadian singer-songwriter.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 100
    Joni Mitchell delivers a counter-intuitive, brilliant artistic response. [Oct 2007, p.90]
  2. The songs are fairly compact and easy to follow. But they're far less easy to track and more interesting to live with than the work of most pop bards
  3. It’s a weird record and a beautiful record and a record that tells some great stories, even if several of those stories are about a profound disappointment with this culture and this government.
  4. A strange, intoxicating and unsettling album, idiosyncratic enough to make you glad Joni Mitchell put her retirement on hold.
  5. While the music always beckons, the words sometimes repel.
  6. Subdued but not entirely resigned, Mitchell sings in a strong, assured voice that’s still warm and welcoming, though lowered by decades of ecologically unhip tobacco smoke.
  7. Shine is over-ripe with hokey Casio drum machines, soprano sax, and other things that nudge the tone towards easy listening.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11