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

655. The Hissing of Summer Lawns – Joni Mitchell

Brief Background: The Hissing of Summer Lawns was recorded and released in 1975.

What I think: As I commented on with Mitchell’s previous album, Court and Spark, I feel Mitchell is at her best when she does the acoustic folk thing. Unfortunately, on this album the only song that fits into that mold is “Sweet Bird” which is towards the end of the album and by then it is too late to save it. Most of the rest of the tracks  have a Jazz background, the worst being “In France They Kiss on Main Street” with a Jazz/Rock background that sounds like awful Muzak. The one song that breaks from her traditional mode and has some promise is “Shadows and Light” which is an experimental almost prog-rock track. In the end though ,it is spoiled by dated syths that at times sounds like someone was just laying on a key for 30 seconds straight.

Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Nope, let’s move on.

Rating (Out of 5) 0

The Hissing of Summer Lawns You Amazon Rating(Out of 5):4.5

Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (272/347)

Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%

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2 comments on “655. The Hissing of Summer Lawns – Joni Mitchell

  1. fyfeopedia
    December 6, 2016

    I think it’s a little unfair to criticise Mitchell for being too samey on Hejira then for not doing the acoustic folk thing enough on this album. I think there are some amazing textures and arrangements on this album; my favourite is Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow with the dobro and the bass line.

    • davidvriezedaniels
      December 6, 2016

      It might just be too subtle for me. I just really seem to focus on her voice which sounds similar from song to song.

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