Shine - Joni Mitchell
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  • Summary: The latest studio album for the Canadian singer-songwriter.
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  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
  1. DaveL
    Dec 23, 2007
    Absolutely fantastic.
  2. AllisonFernley
    Oct 5, 2007
    Ever-evolving, Joni never disappoints. Zydeco Big Yellow Taxi. Shades of Paprika Plains to start, a rethining of Kipling to end. Wherever she wants to go, I'm there with her. Expand
  3. JoeH.
    Oct 6, 2007
    This album is brilliant. Joni is amazing.
  4. jeffb.
    Oct 8, 2007
    Joni Mitchell has made herself a gem of a collection which will surprise many but this timely masterpiece is spot on, our culture needs to hear this message, we're blasted by messages from a current culture that is so out of wack with the reality of this world yet there is a light refusing to be put out and the likes of Joni Mitchell continue to lead us with this beauty and insight. sure many would love to put her and everything about global warming and such out to pasture, its time we take control of the shallowness in this culture and take back before its to late. Very impressed with this collection of new mitchell tunes. Expand
  5. JasonM.
    Oct 9, 2007
    This album is actually a good place to start if you're curious about Joni Mitchell. It's got piano arrangements like in "One Week Last Summer" that have her stamp all over it, it has social criticism in "Bad Dreams" and "Shine", and it has her playfulness too like in "Hana" or "Night of the Iguana". Those two songs are the fast ones, and I love how she creates a playground of images and sounds in your head. It's got some pretty heavy lyrics throughout, very direct and political, yet by the end it's sobering and you feel glad. Really lovely album. Expand
  6. DavidF.
    Oct 8, 2007
    A most welcome return, and her best album in 25 years.
  7. ToddW.
    Oct 5, 2007
    Joni Mitchell is my all-time favorite female artist. So literate and her melodies are always spot-on. But when she starts to rant about society's ills while at the same time cozying up to corporate America, can anyone say 'double standard?' It's time someone told her the queen has no clothes. Expand

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