Court and spark

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Continuum, 2007 - Music - 118 pages
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33 31[Fraction 13] It's a sucker bet to try and argue that Blue, or for the Roses, or The Hissing of Summer Lawns are better or worse albums than Court and Spark, or than one another. In a certain way, they all feel like one sustained burst of musical endeavor from an artist who had only just begun to understand what she was capable of-and before she had decided to leave that strength behind in search of new powers. Still, Court and Spark is such a clear turning point, not just in terms of its popularity, but in terms of its approach. It represents a perfect example of an artist reaching out to a wide audience without pandering to it, in what feels, more than three decades on, like an honest attempt to say as much as possible to as many people as possible.

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Review: Court and Spark (33⅓ #40)

User Review  - Patrick Gibbs - Goodreads

Sean Nelson's interpretation of Joni Mitchell's album. He doesn't claim to know what she meant in writing and recording this record. He just presents his case for it. Another nice conversational book from the 33 1/3 series. Read full review

Review: Court and Spark (33⅓ #40)

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Before some huge Mitchell/ Harvey Danger fan trashes me, I want to say-- this is NOT a "definitive" review of this book, or Joni. I'm a novice of Mitchell's work, which affected my approach to this ... Read full review


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Sean Nelson is a writer and musician in Seattle, and is a partner in independent label Barsuk Records.

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