Album #352 – Hejira

Album #352

Hejira has become my FAVOURITE Joni Mitchell album. It is so laid back and mellow. I love the jazz mixed with folk sound that this album has. Jaco Pastorius’ fret less bass adds texture to these songs and it’s so sublime. Most of the album’s tracks were written as Mitchell made her way from Maine to California alone, by car. It is amazing what she came up with as she traveled along the highways and biways on her way to the Southland. Hejira starts off with Coyote, one of Mitchell’s best songs. It sets the tone for the rest of the album. While The Hissing of Summer Lawns was all over the place musically, Hejira was focused. The songs are also well written and very detailed. I appreciated the songs more too. I will definitely be adding Hejira to my collection. It is a shame that this album did not sell more. I believe Mitchell finally found her footing as an artist. Other highlights include: Amelia, Furry Sings The Blues (with a special appearance by Neil Young on harmonica), Song for Sharon, Black Crow and Refuge of the Roads (an amazing and epic album closer). Overall, I give Hejira, 4.5 out of 5.

Next: Boston’s self-titled debut album

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