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Night Ride Home
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
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Ed D. (edavis31) from CHARLOTTE, NC
Reviewed on 6/4/2007...
I like listening to this CD when I'm working. Most of the songs have a continuous rhythm that flows and stimulates while at the same time they have melodies that are soothing. My favorite tracks are Cherokee Louise, Come in from the Cold, The Only Joy in Town and Ray's Dad's Cadillac.
A 'return' to center for Joni
firstname.lastname@example.org | New York City | 04/30/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Historically, "Night Ride Home" has been called Joni Mitchell's return to form. It was her first album in the 90's and the aural atmosphere surrounding the songs seemed like a welcome relief from her turgid 80's material. I have been and remain an avid fan; even so, "Dog Eat Dog" and "Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm" are not particularly favorite's of mine. So when "Night Ride Home" appeared it seemed as if Joni (and Larry, of course) had begun to feel that an uncluttered approach to her music was best. And they were right! "Night Ride Home" is just another example of Mitchell's stunning range as songwriter, guitar player and singer. The title track is a lovely ballad, all the more enjoyable since it reflects on a small cherished moment between Joni and Larry. Her reworking of Yeates' "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" is terrific: her plaintive guitar work is surrounded by thunderous percussion and siren wails. It's sense of the coming 'revelation' is ominous. And who -- but Joni Mitchell -- would have the nerve (and good sense) to change Yeates' original text? "Come In From the Cold" offers Joni's slightly middle-aged perspective on romance & relationships. Gone is the doomed folkie from "Blue" which kind of cast her as the "Sarah Bernhardt" of the '70s; now she assumes a more mature and realistic (while not overtly cheery) stance on matters of the heart. Two songs regarding Joni's childhood also appear: "Cherokee Louise" recounts the story of a sexually abused girlfriend while "Ray's Dad's Cadillac" concerns itself with slightly less weighty matters (a la "In France They Kiss On Main Street"). Ironically, despite "Cherokee Louise"'s repugnant theme, Mitchell's guitar work and percussion make the song a toe-tapper. "Night Ride Home" laid the groundwork for Mitchell's next masterpiece, "Turbulent Indigo". It is a fine collection of songs from a true master: strong, vibrant and immensely enjoyable."
A CLASSIC FROM THE EARLY 90's....
J. Bilby | Kingston, New Hampshire United States | 07/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Its great to see several cuts from NIGHT RIDE HOME featured on Joni's
new look back, "THE BEGINNING OF SURVIVAL", (being released
July 27th) . Although "Turbulent
Indigo" received the Grammy and basically took its
blue print from "NIGHT RIDE HOME", I really felt the warmth
and devotion return with NRH, something I had missed from Joni's works over the years after Mingus. Although I really enjoyed Turbulent Indigo,
Night Ride Home is special, moody, sad at times but it
shows the real Joni Mitchell that overproduction sometimes
hit with its colder touches(during the 80's). I still listened to everything Joni put
out but this underappreciated collection of songs hit me just at a time
in my life where I was reflecting about life and this music
from Joni really touched me. She's deeply spiritual, always
seeking answers yet always asking questions in her songs. I have listened to this over and over since its 1991 release
and it still one of many Joni Mitchell classic favorites."