1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

762. Blue – Joni Mitchell

Brief Background: Blue was recorded in 1971 and released in June of that same year. The songs on the album were written after Mitchell’s difficult break-up with James Taylor.

What I think: This album is a bit of a paradox for me, I would say that I love it, but with oddity that I don’t really love any of the individual songs (with one exception). It is more of a piece, a certain mood that is the genius in it. The title says it all, it’s sad and blue. It’s a great piece of background music for a rainy Sunday. Then again, relegating it to the background doesn’t do it justice. So just give this one a listen and see for yourself what I mean. It’s simple, melancholy and beautiful.

Oh, and that song that really stands out to me is “River”, which I first heard some years back on a radio station that was just playing Christmas songs. I thought it was a perfectly odd song to be playing next to the joyful standards and has been a favorite of mine (X-mas or not) ever since.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It’s really what albums were meant to be, a great piece of music that fits all together, each part as good as previous or next. Yes, it should be here.

Rating (Out of 5): 5

Blue Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (181/240)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%

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