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The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (album) by Joni Mitchell 

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The Hissing Of Summer Lawns
The Hissing Of Summer Lawns by Joni Mitchell (1975)
Overall rank: 923rd   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 257 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 1975 (16th)
Top albums of the 1970s (217th)
Top 1,000 albums of all time (923rd)

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Joni Mitchell bestography

The Hissing Of Summer Lawns is ranked 4th best out of 28 albums by Joni Mitchell on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Joni Mitchell is Blue which is ranked number 95 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 25,065.

Joni Mitchell album bestography « Higher ranked (637th) This album (923rd) Lower ranked (1,383rd) »
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From AReasonableMan 07/26/2017 05:47
I found this album to be quite a disappointment. I really wanted to like this album. I'm a big fan of Joni, but this album trips over itself lyrically and instrumentally. This is somewhat of a concept album describing the struggles of women across cultures and decades. An admirable idea, but the lyrics do no more than describe each woman's situation. There's no insight to be had. The instrumentals are terribly boring, and her vocal performances are totally forgettable. After all the sad stories of the oppression of women backed by sleepy jazz instrumentals, the last track throws up it's hands and says morality is relative with a driving synth background. WHAT? Why on earth would you write that at the end of this record? This is an average record to me because it had so much potential, and falls squarely onto it's face.
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From daveydudely 11/30/2016 19:39
One of the greatest jazz/pop albums ever recorded, and is right up there with some of the greatest jazz OR pop albums ever recorded. Stunning melodies, themes, lyrics and execution. To me this was the pinnacle of Joni's early work, despite how amazing are Court and Spark, Blue, For The Roses. I did not know Rolling Stone slagged this album when it was released, but they truly missed the boat in this instance. Pure grace and poetry, from her photograph to her artwork to the music itself, augmented by some outstanding musicians. Impeccable.
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From Tamthebam 10/02/2016 13:46
A great Joni Mitchell album continues the jazzy feel started on Court & Spark. The first 7 tracks are all 80-85/100. Its hard to single any track out as all are good but Shades of Scarlet Conquering & Edith and The Kingpin are especially remarkable.
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From garycottier 06/04/2016 12:58
It's absolutely incredible to think that this album was voted worst record of the year in rolling stone magazine. True, it's definitely an album that can go right by you on first listen, but repeated hearings brings out the beauty of the melodies in the songs. It's one of those LP's that just keeps getting better with each listen and features absolutely stunning songs in, don't interrupt the sorrow, Edith and the kingpin, and the excellent, the jungle line. Essential album from one of the greatest artist's of the seventies.
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From mikeonfreeserve 06/04/2016 05:01
A concept album from Joni. It is like a music driven cubist painting of different aspects of the female psyche, maybe aspects of her own experience creep in. Anima rising indeed. Poetry in her lyrics and a refinement to Court and Spark.
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From poppmusic 09/01/2015 06:33
First two songs are among Joni's best, but the rest of the album is more atmospheric, and feeling quite lost. In previous albums she was a stronger songwriter (and beautiful personality), in succeeding ones she sounds more confident in her ability to live and think independently. This is the soul-searching transition. I wouldn't consider it my favorite work of hers but I could see how it might appeal.
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From calsper 03/25/2015 00:07
F A N T A S T I C .

and what a transition from the hurtful Blue - this is sophisticated and jazzy in its very essence, whereas Blue was so vulnerable and naked in its soundstage. Sleek production
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From iwys 12/07/2014 01:03
If this were the only Joni Mitchell album, it would be considered great. But, she has made several which are even better: Blue, Hejira, Court & Spark etc.
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From dividesbyzero 02/28/2014 18:29
Nominally, Joni Mitchell is Folk. This is really only true insofar as it indicates where she began as a songwriter. Mitchell's career quickly evolved into something far greater, and progressively harder to define. The Hissing of Summer Lawns is not only the greatest example of Joni Mitchell's creative individuality as a musician, but is also arguably the point at which all of the disparate pieces that comprise the woman who is "Joni Mitchell" came together in perfect harmony. Her impeccable skill as a songwriter, her unique guitar style, her jazz influence; on the Hissing of Summer Lawns, all of these pieces come together into a whole that is far greater than its individual parts. These “parts” have all been around Joni Mitchell at various points in her career; her songwriting and guitar skill were there from the start, but even from her beginnings of a masterful folk storyteller, she was to go in a slightly different direction with each coming album; toying with and sometimes fully implementing, at various points in her career, everything from pop-melodicism to African rhythmic structures. But the most important influence that hovered around Mitchell’s work, (and which had been since the early 70s) was that of jazz. By the time her massive commercial breakthrough came 1974’s “Court and Spark”, her folk origins were all but absent. In their place stood melodic and thoughtful pop-influenced ballads of the kind of self-expression that we had seen in her confessional masterpiece “Blue”. It would appear that no matter what kind of music Mitchell is delving into at any given time, her songwriting skill (which, by the way, easily matches if not trumps the likes of fellow lyrical geniuses Bob Dylan and Neil Young) is always present, but with every new album, there is always a twist in the way with which her words are displayed. Mitchell’s lyrical prowess, along with her mature vision of pop song construction, may have taken the forefront of Court and Spark, what is often overlooked is what may have been the beginning of what was to define Joni Mitchell’s most ambitious and most artistically rewording period as a musician, and that is that “Court and Spark”, behind it’s romantic orchestration, actually exhibited a substantial jazz influence. Of course, that did nothing to prepare Mitchell’s fan base for what was to come. In 1975, Joni Mitchell releases “The Hissing of Summer Lawns”, an album where the jazz that was hinted at in its predecessor takes full form, just as the folk that defined her early career makes a reappearance, and fuses itself with her love for the likes of Charles Mingus and Jaco Pastorius into an album that can only be loosely defined as “Jazz-folk”, but that contains a degree of ambition and sheer unexpectedness far greater than such a narrow genre pigeonholing would suggest. In the end, The Hissing of Summer Lawns exists outside of the realm of normal classification or judgment. Further description would do this album no justice. Joni has crafted a world that is entirely her own, and to which no parallels can or should be drawn.

That was too analytical.


I want to give this album a hug.
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From dividesbyzero 04/27/2013 21:08
Her most jazzy, most ambitious, and by far her most timeless. Has been my favorite Joni album and one of my favorite albums of all time for as long as I can remember
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