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1. Sunny Sunday
2. Sex Kills
3. How Do You Stop
4. Turbulent Indigo
5. Last Chance Lost
6. Magdalene Laundries, The
7. Not to Blame
9. Yvette in English
10. Sire of Sorrow, The (Job's Sad Song)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45786
Joni Mitchell; Larry Klein
Personnel: Joni Mitchell (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, percussion); Seal (vocals); Michael Landau, Steuart Smith (guitar); Bill Dillon (Guitorgan); Greg Leisz (pedal steel); Wayne Shorter (saxophone); Larry Klein (organ, keyboards, bass, percussion); Jim Keltner, Carlos Vega (drums); Charles Valentino, Kris Kello (background vocals).
TURBULENT INDIGO won 1996 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Album and for Best Recording Package.
Personnel: Joni Mitchell (guitar); Seal (vocals); Greg Leisz (guitar); Michael Landau (electric guitar); Wayne Shorter (soprano saxophone); Larry Klein (organ); Jim Keltner, Carlos Vega (drums).
Recording information: Kiva.
Joni Mitchell marks her return to the Warner Bros./Reprise label--which released her first four albums through BLUE--by recording an authentic Joni Mitchell album. The best elements of each stylistic phase are now fully integrated within a band context--but the singer-songwriter has refocused attention on her husky contralto and spatial acoustic guitar tunings.
TURBULENT INDIGO is a masterpiece of contrast and moods, brilliantly paced and arranged, as Mitchell confronts the darkening clouds on America's horizon, but not with a canvas of dark foreboding. Mitchell paints her epic in discreet pastels, and lonely bursts of instrumental color-- TURBULENT INDIGO makes the medicine go down easy, without giving in to slacker nihilism or new age pathos.
On "Sex Kills" she essays a litany of problems without solutions, as Latin percussion, tolling bass, dreamy synths and distant distorto guitars serve to amplify the air of menace...the sound of her voice the only outpost of lyric calm or order. But "How Do You Stop" follows with tales of success hangovers, a tapestry of country guitar and chi chi Philly soul. Throughout TURBULENT INDIGO, Mitchell's wayward pilgrims wrestle with doubts, but come out in the end on the side of Job, and endure with grace. Just gorgeous, personal music--a new peak for Joni Mitchell.
Rolling Stone (12/15/94, p.98) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...TURBULENT INDIGO is Mitchell's best album since the mid-'70s and a work that is highly musical, poetic, and very, very sad..."
Entertainment Weekly (11/25/94, p.77) - "...TURBULENT INDIGO is full of verbal turbulence. The melodies, however, are among her most dreamily pretty....it makes Mitchell's controlled fury all the more potent..." - Rating: B+
Q (12/94, p.136) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...[recalls] the wafting soundscapes of 1976's HEJIRA, with gentle, controlled feedback, Pastorius-styled bass...tumbling sax patterns and walls of acoustic guitars providing a dramatic backdrop for Mitchell's bold lyrical imagery..."
Down Beat (3/95, p.49) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...the songs Mitchell elegantly delivers on TURBULENT INDIGO are distinctively and inimitably her own....saxophonist Wayne Shorter...stretches out..."
Musician (12/94, pp.92-94) - "...has concocted her most compelling album in years....Most of the tracks revolve around Mitchell's signature guitar needle-point, with its brooding-sky open tunings, and rhythmic pulses summoned at the palm of her hand....TURBULENT INDIGO is a thing of deep, dark beauty..."
Mojo (Publisher) (1/95, p.53) - Included in Mojo's "25 Best Albums of 1994" - "...a soulful, swinging record - featuring [Mitchell's] new nicotine-rasped tone - and her best in ages."
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