RELEASE
LABEL
Asylum
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic, Album Rock

Album Review

Joni Mitchell reached her commercial high point with Court and Spark, a remarkably deft fusion of folk, pop, and jazz which stands as her best-selling work to date. While as unified and insightful as Blue, the album -- a concept record exploring the roles of honesty and trust in relationships, romantic and otherwise -- moves away from confessional songwriting into evocative character studies: the hit "Free Man in Paris," written about David Geffen, is a not-so-subtle dig at the machinations of the music industry, while "Raised on Robbery" offers an acutely funny look at the predatory environment of the singles bar scene. Much of Court and Spark is devoted to wary love songs: both the title cut and "Help Me," the record's most successful single, carefully measure the risks of romance, while "People's Parties" and "The Same Situation" are fraught with worry and self-doubt (standing in direct opposition to the music, which is smart, smooth, and assured from the first note to the last).
Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Court and Sparkhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=217509781&id=217509744
  2. Help Mehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=217509873&id=217509744
  3. Free Man in Parishttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=217509929&id=217509744
  4. People's Partieshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=217509951&id=217509744
  5. Same Situation
  6. Car on a Hillhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=217510028&id=217509744
  7. Down to Youhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=217510068&id=217509744
  8. Just Like This Trainhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=217510090&id=217509744
  9. Raised on Robberyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=217510117&id=217509744
  10. Trouble Childhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=217510233&id=217509744
  11. Twistedhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=217510381&id=217509744