Turbulent Indigo

Lead Performer: Joni Mitchell; Producer (group): Reprise Records

Longtime Joni Mitchell fans should interpret the title of her 17th album as ”Blue”-with-its-dander-up. With its screeds against doctors, lawyers, religion, ”the ulcerated ozone,” and — most wrathfully — Jackson Browne, whom she convicts as a woman beater, Turbulent Indigo is full of verbal turbulence. The melodies, however, are among her most dreamily pretty. Sometimes this contrast cancels out the emotion in a song, but more often, it makes Mitchell’s controlled fury all the more potent. B+

Originally posted November 25 1994 — 12:00 AM EST

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