Joni Mitchell - ShineLabel: Craft Recordings
LP, 180g, Gate
The nineteenth studio album from Mitchell, 'Shine' marked the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter's first collection of original material in nearly a decade and came as a welcome surprise to the artist's fans, following her well-publicised break with the music business at the turn of the millennium. Described by Mitchell to be "as serious a work as I've ever done," 'Shine' was inspired by the environmental, social and political turmoil which plagued the era of the Iraq War. The ten tracks on the album echo Mitchell's pensive mood—reflective lyrics and beautiful, often-minimalist, piano-driven melodies paint a somber, yet hopeful picture.