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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I'm a huge fan of both Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell but somehow it almost appears as if the two have never crossed paths. Not many artists can do justice to Joni Mitchell's living legacy of music, however Herbie Hancock gave this project the old college try. But to be honest "River: The Joni Letters" doesn't quite feel right. Tina tuner's vocals are too sour for the song "Edith And The Kingpin" and it doesn't lift the spirit of the song up. Where as if you listened to the original version, you'll find that it's breeming with a certain sweetness. "The jungle Line" becomes a William Shatneresque spoken word ensemble, which to me detracts from the classic, again the original version was broody and primal. On a redeeming note though, Corinne Baily Rae's sweet and always delightful voice adds a ghostly, Joni Mitchell like quality to the classic title track "River". Norah Jones also makes an appearance and she is a nice surprise. "The Joni Letters" is too much of a mixed bag, with only a couple of odd players that never quite retains the albums' cohesiveness and it suffers because of that. All praises due to Hancock for the attempt though. I look foward to new work from Herbie Hancock the solo artist.

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