Free Man in Paris

Sufjan Stevens has the honor of opening up a tribute album to Joni Mitchell with her song “Free Man in Paris.” I purchased this song on iTunes because it not only pays suitable homage to the original, but captures both the best of Sufjan’s past musical efforts and a taste of what his future recordings have in store.

Tight orchestration (without quite going overboard), changing rhythms, and snappy vocal lines make for an entertaining and aurally enjoyable piece of music to complement the cranky lyrics.

Sufjan explained his understanding of the song and his ideas behind the remake on a page dedicated to the tribute album. There you can also listen to a healthy length clip of both Joni’s original and Sufjan’s version.

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