I have owned 'Blue' for about ten years now, but my lack of enthusiasm for it has stopped me from listening to any of Joni Mitchell's other albums. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate it - I actually like it- but I've never loved it enough to want to explore her back catalogue. This album is arguably so much better than its predecessor though. It was a perfect end to a Friday night, and now I can't wait to see what else Joni has to offer.
This is such an important album in the evolution of popular music that it would deserve to be here even if it was awful. Fortunately it was far from bad - from the memorable, game-changing title track to the final few notes of 'Morgenspaziergang' it was just great. It won't be for everyone, but I really liked it.
The more I listen to Eric Clapton, the more I realise he wasn't just a great guitarist, he was a good songwriter too. On the strength of that statement you'd expect me to enjoy this album more than I did. Perhaps there are times when I would, but like a few of these recent ones I didn't do anything for me. I already own a compilation of his hits and feel as though it will suffice.
There's a book you may or may not have heard of called '1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die'. Here is my attempt to do just that. Follow my progress from Frank Sinatra to Arcade Fire as I write my thoughts and feelings about each album.
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