Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Both Sides Now

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Both Sides Now

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With a lushly Romantic new album, Joni Mitchell speaks to the lover in us al

Both Sides Now * Joni Mitchell * Reprise * Limited-edition package

What exactly is it about Joni Mitchell? Given that many of her songs are expressions of romantic love clearly intended only for the opposite sex, how does she manage to shine her searchlight into not only her darkest corners but ours as well? From her self-titled 1968 debut to her moving new release, Both Sides Now, she has always disregarded "appropriate" behavior as defined by society and the musical powers that be, following her heart and forging a unique path, even at her own peril. She is unable to live any other way, even if at times it brings her frustration and pain. In all of these ways she connects deeply with us, her gay and lesbian listeners.

In her three-decade career the Canadian-born Mitchell has wound her way through an astonishing array of musical styles and poetic journeys, never relying on what has carried her before, choosing instead to reach for new and untried territory. With Both Sides Now, Mitchell makes what may be her most devastating romantic statement yet--a fact that her record label, Reprise, has acknowledged by predating the CD's March 21 release with a special $49.99 limited-edition package in time for Valentine's Day.

Here, for the first time, Mitchell has chosen to record mostly material other than her own--and, adding to her own power, she's backed by the London Symphony Orchestra. …

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