On this very orchestral double album, it's as if Joni Mitchell turned to the late Leonard Bernstein for her arrangements.
That's meant as a compliment: This album is very pretty and very sophisticated.
The hallmark of "Travelogue" is muted horns, brushed drums and Mitchell warbling with a hint of hipster bop, as she does so nicely on "God Must Be a Boogie Man."
This is something she can be very proud of, though it's strange for a songwriter of her caliber to reinterpret old material to make a symphonic greatest-hits collection, rather than working at something new.
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