About this audio file: While standing second to no one in his admiration for singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's musical accomplishments, Bruce Edward Walker finds her new album, “Shine,” musically interesting, but lyrically trite. The artist who gave us “Big Yellow Taxi” in 1970 returns to the same woefully misinformed lyrical terrain, and ignores the tremendous environmental advances that have been made since the first Earth Day was celebrated that same year.

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Bruce Edward Walker is communications manager for the Property Rights Network at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the author and the Center are properly cited.

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