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Neil Young will release his latest studio album ‘Storytone’ on November 3rd via Reprise Records. ‘Storytone’ features ten brand new compositions recorded live in the studio with a 92-piece orchestra and choir. The deluxe edition comes with a bonus disc including a solo album of Storytone.

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  • Vinyl (13 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000063NGC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 691,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Though Are You Passionate? is Neil Young's studio-recorded follow-up to 2000's Silver & Gold, it might well have emerged on the heels of Harvest Moon. While both Crazy Horse and Booker T & the MGs swing by to add ballast to several of these 11 brand-new tracks, gentle weepers such as "Don't Say You Love Me", "When I Hold You in My Arms" and the softly lilting title track recall Young's aforementioned 1992 work while suggesting that the once-outspoken social critic and on-again, off-again CSN&Y member is mellowing. Further proof of that can be found in the tender opening song, "You're My Girl"--a postcard from a father to a daughter on the cusp of adulthood and presumably inspired by Young's daughter Amber--as well as in the lazy, languid "Two Old Friends". Are You Passionate?'s one serious clunker, "Let's Roll", was inspired by the 9/11 cell-phone call Todd Beamer placed moments before he and other passengers on Flight 93 went down in a Pennsylvania field. You can't fault the guy for commemorating a heroic act and making a personal donation to the Beamer family, but all his talk of "going after Satan on the wings of a dove" and "facing down evil" sounds like a guy who's spent more time watching CNN than honing his lyrics. --Kim Hughes

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
Very surprised at tales of poor reviews - why? This is a great album with a really distinctive sound compared to other albums - very 'soul' in the best possible way. It seems to me a pretty distinctive departure in Young's canon, at times similar to the feel of some of the slower cuts on 'This Note's for You' - but more subtle/less stylised.
Aside from a weak vocal performance in the first song, I'm finding 'Are You Passionate?' more and more engaging with each listen. Like with 'Silver and Gold', things which initially seemed too simplistic or naive become legitimate musical statements, like the extended play out at the end of 'Differently'.
There are some really great songs here, 'Mr Disappointment', 'Don't Say You Love Me', and the title track. 'When I hold you in my arms' is personally my favourite at this point. Like much of the sentiment of 'Silver and Gold' it's a song about growing old from the perspective of an older man.
Overall the album has a wonderful feel - with great musicianship most notable in the final track, 'She's a Healer', with its stunning instrumental sections.
Overall a fine record.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gigoer on 9 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I suppose when you have an artist with such a multitude of albums as Neil Young does, you're obviously going to have some misfires along the way. And this is one of them.

This album is mainly composed of soft electric guitar intermingled with a distant bluesy influence. The result is a flat, lifeless sound indicative of The Drifters having a bad day at work.

"Quit (Don't Say You Love Me)", "When I Hold You In My Arms" and "She's a Healer" are as shallow as their titles depict, while "You're My Girl", is just too corny - it just doesn't feel like Neil Young. For an album that's largely based on family and friends, "Let's Roll" (which presumably was inspired by the aftermath of 9/11 back then) is incongruent at best. Its lyrics wage war without the political intrigue, to put it mildly. "We got to get inside there / Before they kill some more / You've got to turn on evil / When it's coming after you / We're going after Satan / On the wings of a dove". "Goin' Home" is the only possible saving grace on the record, where Young attempts to make a statement similar in style to "Rockin' In The Free World", but that falls flat too as it's under-produced and sung with no conviction.

This album sounds experimental, but unfortunately an experimental failure. Throughout, Young sounds uncharacteristically hollow, while the record constantly plods along with a similar acoustic ring and tempo for each track, making it a bore to listen to.

For all the challenge its title throws up, Passion is in conspicuously short supply.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By andrew byrom on 6 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Got the CD through the mail this morning and have listened to it a few times now, so I feel able to give it a fair review.
Let me start by saying I hated Let's Roll, and was not possitive about this collaboration with Booker T at all. How wrong I was! This is a very good Neil Young album -- and more importantly, a very DIFFERENT album. I am sure that this will split fans down the middle.
I would describe it as Neil's "Soul" album. Here are a few preliminary comments about the songs...
You're My Girl -- A weak start, I think. It's a nice enough song, borrowing music from This Note's For You's Sunny Inside. Unfortunately it's spoiled for me by Neil's out of tune, fragile singing.
Mr.Disappointment -- Wow, where did this come from? Very odd, very good. Is Neil almost rapping? Love the guitar.
Differently -- Again a strong track. Funky melody, nice backing singing. Weird feedback ending.
Don't Say You Love Me - We all know this song from last year's Euro Tour with the Horse. Nicely done here with Booker T.
Let's Roll -- Well, I just don't like this song. BUT... this longer version (5:45) is stronger, and there is some nice guitar work towards the end.
Are You Passionate? -- Lovely song, nice piano, beautiful lyrics, can't fault this at all.
Going Home -- Not the tour de force that it was live in Europe. Here it's less of a battle cry, more like a homecoming. It features a really odd ending -- the band is in full flow, Neil's ripping notes out of the guitar... then crunch, screech, it stops (and the next song starts). No idea what that is all about...
When I Hold You In My Arms -- Again a song we all know from last summer. Again a nice version.
Be With You -- Very obvious R&B feel to this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
In general, I'm much more of a fan of NY's rockier moments. His gentler, acoustic material often leaves me cold. At first, this album seemed a bit of a disappointment but it's not been out of the car CD player for months! Every listen reveals something new. Are You Passionate? is an apt title. I've no idea whether NY really is as passionate as he sounds but this is an album by someone who is as committed to making wonderful music as he was 30 years ago - maybe more so. It's always difficult to recommend NY to a novice - after all, he is something of an acquired taste - but anyone who's ever liked anything by NY should pick up this album. It's a shame amazon don't allow six-star reviews!
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