Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Blue by Joni Mitchell is the Greatest Album Of All TIME*

Just a few reasons:

1. The songs are spectacular. They are proper poems set to music, not just a bunch of clichés or random words - I heard a bit of Ed Sheeran on the Jubilee Concert and he sang a lyric about someone’s face being like pastry. WTF.

2. The songs are wonderful to sing, they fill you with joy or hope or sadness. (Just thinking about the songs has me fighting the urge to go “YOU’RE IN MY BLOOD LIKE HOOOOOLY WINE”)

3. Every song is so real and raw that she could be singing the songs directly from her soul. I watched a documentary where she said she felt like cellophane when she was making blue: "there's hardly a dishonest note in the vocals. At that period of my life, I had no personal defenses. I felt like a cellophane wrapper on a pack of cigarettes. I felt like I had absolutely no secrets from the world and I couldn't pretend in my life to be strong. Or to be happy. But the advantage of it in the music was that there were no defenses there either."

4. There is a song or lyric for nearly every possible mood:

What it feels like to be in love? TICK
What it feels like when love dies? TICK
Wanting to go and drink? TICK
Needing change? TICK
Wanting to go home? TICK
Feeling disillusioned? TICK
Feeling Christmassy? TICK (kind of... Christmas is mentioned)
Feeling hopeful? TICK
Thinking about the child you gave up for adoption? TICK

5. It’s by Joni Mitchell which means it’s sung by Joni Mitchell which means it’s excellent.


*of the ones I've heard so far....


  1. ALL OF THIS POST IS THE BEST! I'm thinking she doesn't feel so Christmassy in River though... cause, you know, she made her baby cry!

    In other news, that documentary is totally the one I saw! Yay! :)


    1. I said Christmas was mentioned! She does go "it's coming on Christmas" but then she says that she wants to skate away...