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by Dan Aquilante
New York Post
November 19, 2002

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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