As with many of her contemporaries from the ‘60s and ‘70s, Joni Mitchell’s folk flavoured songs were very poetic in nature, outspokenly reflecting the North American landscape and psyche on the wave of hippy optimism - its melodic renditions casting many of them in legendary status.
When it comes to good songs, the sex of the singer is not a set prerequisite, and it often gets a whole new dimension if the way we know it gets flipped. Here male artists approaching Mitchell songs include Elvis Costello, Prince, Caetano Veloso, James Taylor, Sufjan Stevens, and Brad Mehldau (with an instrumental piano piece). The ladies on board are Annie Lennox, Björk, Emmylou Harris, Sarah McLachlan, and Cassandra Wilson. I guess k.d. lang can be placed somewhere in the middle. Most of these musicians have very definite sounds and styles and it translates well through Mitchell’s songs. Not having heard Joni Mitchell songs in a while, this album made me interested to hear them again as they were originally recorded. Unfortunately the CD contains no sleeve notes on the Mitchell legacy or this project of new versions.
Executive producer: Robert Hurwitz

5 / B
- PB

1 2 3 4 5 6
- B - C

6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A:Multiple Listening Potential
B:Deserves Another Spin
C:Once Should Suffice

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