Joni Mitchell, Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter (1977)
Joni Mitchell does blackface on this album – or at least on the album cover. It’s not “musical blackface” at all, but it is musical genius – some of her most difficult, challenging and rewarding music is here. When I first heard it I really only loved a quarter of it. A sprawling double album. But as time has gone on it’s one of my favourites. Not quite up there with the two albums that directly precede it – but maybe my third-favourite, or a Top 5 for sure. Worth it for the band alone. As was the way with her 70s albums. But man, the songs. And that voice. And the reach – of both. Just amazing. Been revisiting this a lot lately. And marvelling. As is the only setting with Joni when she’s in full flight. That blackface though. I don’t think there’s ever been an apology. Apparently it’s all just character-play and therefore okay. I’m not sure how I feel about that.
Sample Track: Talk To Me
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