Everyone has their own favourite period or album by Joni Mitchell and for some, including myself, she peaked artistically with this 1975 release. It was Prince’s favourite Joni album too and I noticed it appeared in several top 10s in the AW’s teenage albums thread.
Context is everything and Joni’s achievement in crafting such a magnificent record as ‘The Hissing Of Summer Lawns’ was tainted by the negative reaction of the critics at the time, a reaction which now looks foolish.
The author Leonore Fleischer concluded her 1976 biography ‘Joni Mitchell – Her life, her loves, her music’, at the moment when Joni had just released ‘The Hissing of Summer Lawns’. It is interesting to note how the tone of the book changed at this point, as if the biographer was perplexed by the shift in her musical style.
Fleischer notes that with her previous album Court and Spark, “Joni had come a long way from the Newport Folk Festival days, and she had brought her audience with her every step of the way.”
Sadly, many of those loyal followers were to desert her after hearing The Hissing of Summer Lawns – an album of beautifully crafted » Continue Reading.