Joni’s ‘Blue’ and Rundgren’s ‘Ballad’

by Glenn Mitchell
Summer Campus (SMU)
July 15, 1971

A brief critique of Joni Mitchell's "Blue" is all that is necessary, simply because superlatives get tiring, and most are completely inadequate. Suffice to say that this is probably one of the best albums you will hear this year. The lyrics alone are overpowering, though some people may be put off at first by the down nature of some of the cuts, a tendency not prevalent to any extent on her previous three LP's. Just listen a couple of times, and become a believer.

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