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Landing On Water

20 Mar. 1999 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1986
  • Release Date: 20 Mar. 1999
  • Label: Polydor Associated Labels
  • Copyright: (C) 1986 Geffen Records Inc.
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  • Total Length: 40:05
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  • ASIN: B001KTZLRW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,134 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CT FRAIEL on 23 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Although i bought my first version of this album in the 80's it's 2006 before i've said my twopence worth, to be honest my opinion now is a lot different now than it was then.

On first listening to this album i said a silent prayer to the memory of the Neil Young i had known and loved and confined it to my box of bad buys to be forwarded to the local charity shop. I never could find it within myself to dump it though - it felt wrong to do it to a loved one. i'm glad i didn't.

It's not an easy listening experience for a Neil Young fan but it's hardly the first album he's released that has required patience. Listening to it now, yes it's dated - some retro things are still just too '80's - but it really does demand your attention. It was released against the backdrop of Neil's legal fight against his previous record company and, in hindsight, could almost be described as an aural reaction against it - many lyrics refer to being free or not conforming to expectations and, in an arty way, this album represents this - the guitars, drums and lyrics are repressed and express the feelings of the artist. In hindsight i now feel this album is a wonderful example of artistic expression. I'm well aware it could be rose-tinted hinsdsight and that absolutely no-one said this at the time but i could swear that Young meant for it to sound exactly like this all along and he wouldn't change a thing.

Consider the context & be open minded - you will enjoy it, eventually.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Sullivan on 13 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
On the surface, everything is wrong with this album. The cover must rank as the worst Neil Young album cover ever, if not the worst album cover ever in the history of rock. The music is almost too painful to listen to, the synthesizers intrusive, the guitars either non-existent or brutally distorted, and Steve Jordan's drums mixed so high it feels as if you are being relentlessly pummelled in the side of the head. Struggle past this initial barrage, however, and things can be allowed to fall into place. At first glance the cover might well be an eyesore, but the statement is sharp. This plane has gone down. Crashed. Almost every song conveys a message of struggle and weariness, a man at breaking point: Weight Of The World, I Got A Problem (with its outrageous scream at the beginning), Pressure. All the tracks are sung against a surprisingly sparse backing, leaving little doubt that there are really only three people at work here. Everything is badly produced and out of kilter. But the irony is that in being badly produced it only adds to the meaning. Guitars that want to scream end up being stifled; the drums, pushed well forward, beat everything else in to the background, only the synthesizers being allowed to let their presence be felt. There is great music here struggling to be heard and memorable moments throughout. Neil yelling, "I've got to fight to control (the violent side)"; the man walking away unscathed from a car accident; the double take in People On The Street. And it finishes with a veiled warning, "I'm just a drifter, I'll stay until you tie me down." Wonderfully awful stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pete on 12 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I liked this a lot back then and I really love it now. There are so many great songs and it's something different, but no worse for being different. Just listen to Pressure or Touch the Night (a real classic!)Then again, I'm a big fan of Neil's eighties music (which seems to make me a bit of an oddity.) I still play it a lot and enjoy every moment (and I like the cover, too.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe on 4 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Oh lordy, where to begin? After the perfectly nice country album Old Ways, Neil was never going to repeat any type of formula, and thus gave birth to Landing on Water, one of his more bizarre sonic outings (and that's saying something for Neil Young). This really couldn't be any further away from the Neil of Harvest. And that's precisely the point, I suppose. The drum machine, synth and razor thin distorted guitar provide a sound throughout, it's just not a very nice sound. Most of the instruments are programmed and thus the whole record has a unfeeling, metallic feel as cold as the album sleeve. However, listen hard enough and you will start to hear some good songs. Bad News Beat, Hard Luck Stories and Wooden Ships are all good Neil numbers, and tracks like Hippie Dream could have been classics in the hands of Neil & Crazy Horse. Alas, this album should be viewed as an experiment that didn't work (even worse than some other Neil experiments). Sadly these songs haven't been done justice and if you're not in the mood for the 'sound', are virtually unlistenable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Slurms McKenzie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Sept. 2009
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Yes, it`s not a great album cover. And it is a good example of what Geffen called music "unrepresentative of Neil Young". But those things don`t mean that there isn`t anything of merit here; on the contrary, I enjoy listening to it, with only a couple of songs that plainly don`t work. After a few listens, you might notice a thing or two you don`t hate, and if you stick with it even longer? You`ll like it. It isn`t Rust Never Sleeps, but it isn`t trying to be. If I may break it down track by track, you`ll note that I like more than I dislike so that makes a decent album in my book!

1. Weight Of The World - ****
2. Violent Side - *****
3. Hippie Dream - *****
4. Bad News Beat - **
5. Touch The Night - ****
6. People On The Street - **
7. Hard Luck Stories - ***
8. I Got A Problem - **
9. Pressure - *****
10. Drifter - ****
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