Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now

by Joni Mitchell
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Both Sides Now 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have always preceeded my comments about joni mitchell's music with the same disclaimer.......her writing is above reproach, her talent is unquestionable, her influence wide, but her voice always bugged me. still, i felt protective of her and a little possesive. she is a part time local in my area and she's too cool to ignore, so i have always supported the idea of her anyway...but that voice? it isn't a voice i searched out in my music listening mind. i always thought i'd prefer to read her writings, to talk to her, to savor her as a musical poet. i wanted to bump into her on the gulf islands and just talk to her. who was i kidding? i couldn't have tied on my 'brand new pair of roller skates' without her singing me right through the experience. i've looked at her voice 'from both sides now' and admit everything i thought i ever knew i don't, so it is only fitting that i retract my disclaimer and promise never to utter it again. it is unfathomable to me that i will also thank cigarettes for the effect they have on vocal chords over a long period of time (that and the natural aging and maturing of a voice) but it is the voice in the end that has won. so seductive and subtle in its transformation i gleefully ran to get the both sides now cd when i heard it featured on the cbc. i can indulge myself at last in a voice that is summoned willingly by my music listening mind. no longer airy and shrill to my ears it has become a voice, that, because of the voice itself, i want to listen (as i always have on some level) to what the great joni mitchell has to say. revised, reworked, reinvented material....who cares? just listen to her voice and thank her for advancing the legacy of old classics to this century where we may do well to remember the value of a great voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joni is a joy and a blessing - this album of sophisticated and classic songs are beautifully interpreted by Joni. Thanks Joni. (Note - as displayed by a previous reviewer - this collection of songs is not for the immature audience, or the taste challenged). Enjoy...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joni Mitchell's hackneyed mushy karaoke standard 'Both Sides Now', originally on 'Clouds', need no longer remain shelved with the out-dated. Joni herself has revamped this classic alonside one other of her own compositions 'A Case of You' and ten songs by other composers, with a new approach that seems paradoxically, as if it has always been with us. So much for Joni pontificating 'a painter does a painting and he does a painting'! Maybe someone did say to Van Gogh, 'Paint a Starry Night again man!' Joni has seen fit, amidst our EmptyV culture, to remind us of more tasteful, tuneful and timeless music. This 'fashion' has been evident for some time with releases in recent years by other artists; kd lang (Drag), Annie Lennox (Medusa), Sinead O'Connor (am I not your girl?), Rickie Lee Jones (Pop Pop) and most recently George Michael whose 'Last Century' offering most resembles 'Both Sides Now'. The concept behind BSN is an adventurous attempt to express the nature of modern romance from courting and sparking, drinking a case of you, to really not knowing love at all. In coming full circle to re-record her old masterpieces in such a grand orchestral manner, Joni Mitchell has, as always, been innovative, creative and is still a peerless joy to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although a bit slower than some other pieces she has done, Both Sides Now shows Joni Mitchell still has the 'touch' for music. Hope she keeps them coming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A provocative and unnerving piece of music heaven, this is truly a gorgeous collection of standards that are interpreted by a master of her domain. Don't go to strangers, an Etta Jones piece, truly is the most haunting and arresting piece of music on this multilayered disc. Heartache, sadness, longing, unrequited love. You name it. Track 7. I love this CD. I treasure it very much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having been a fan of Joni Mitchell's since the beginning, I have always loved her poetic lyric writing and haunting melodies. She has created more musical masterpieces in my lifetime than anyone, excepting perhaps Mr. Dylan. But then he's been around almost a decade longer. This CD is absolute perfection, from first note to last. The song choices---tracing a romance from first infatuation to dying embers---are studiously chosen and impeccably performed. Unlike Linda Ronstadt and Natalie Cole, who couldn't shake the original singers of these songs (and songs from the same period), Joni makes each composition on this CD her own. Her phrasing is astonishing. The nuances she pulls out of these lyrics, it takes the breath away. And I'll tell you---right now, up there in heaven, the jukebox is playing this CD and Ella and Billie and Sarah are tapping their toes and clicking their fingers, saying,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On the first night of the opening ceremonies for the Two Thousand and ten Olympics, I turned on the television in my bedroom to watch but having had a real busy day, I fell asleep very early. It was'nt anytime at all that I was awakened when Joni Mitchell was singing Both Sides Now. I had just fallen asleep which is most unusual to awaken so early because the volume of sound was very soft. I was absolutely mesmerized when I heard Joni Mitchell singing. So the rest of my story is HISTORY because I said the first chance I get, I am going to Barnes & Noble and look for the album. This recording by Joni Mitchell is the most beautiful I have ever heard not to mention the paintings by Joni Mitchell. I would highly recommend this to everyone. Thank you, Agnes L. Barnett Charlotte, North Carolina
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, I love Joni, but this has truly gone to far, please Joni, don't tarnish my last remaining memory of you.... Sometimes we must quit while we are still ahead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago