4.5 A STAR SHINES BRIGHTLY, finbartheloony | 28/04/2008 | See all finbartheloony's reviews (91) The critics have been a little hard on Joni lately,they are as usual wrong, O.K. she has taken years to release this record on a Coffee shop record label,but she has not lost her ability to write ingenius songs that few writers would even attempt.The album starts with an instrumental"One week last summer" which is a fine starter,a more typical Joni song follws called "This place"track three is Beautifully played and with her beguiling lyrics it can't fail to please.Her voice is slighly lower in tone than we have become accostomed to and is used to good effect on this song."Hana"is more upbeat then we have heardso far ,great soprano sax playing byBob Shepperd"Bad dreams"is reminiscent of the "Hejira"era ,mentioninshopping malls and whales,this shows a more bitter and perhaps resentful side of Mitchell emerging .again the production particularly the bass and slide guitar are exemplory."Big yellow taxi" is re recorded and still sounds fine,i miss the giggle at the end though!!"Night of The Iguana"rocks perhaps more than most on the album,strange lyrics though mentioning tour bussesand how "The Jasmine is so mercilessly suite" it conjures up visions of hot California nights,this is i think a grower"Strong and wrong"is Jonis war song and comment on whats wrong with the world(Why does it take two Canadians Joni,and Neil Young to tell the Americans what the vast majority of the people think about the war?"Shine" is Joni reflecting on how things could be if man wasn't destroying everything,and is by far the best track on the album.Rudyard Kiplings exttremely popular poem "If" finishes off the album in fine form,not a bad album then,but the greatest thing is that Joni is back after all these years and that should make everybodys sun shine alittle bit stronger!! i hear that the label has ceased trading so see you on another label soon Joni.