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Good - But Not His Best
on 16 December 2002
"Silver + Gold" contains Neil Young's basic song setups from years past. Speckled with innocuous, repititous lyrics, there are few surprises. However, there are some true stand-out tracks. "The Great Divide" and "Buffalo Springfield" are inventive upbeat tracks, the latter a song lamenting about Neil Young's late sixties rock band. "Horseshoe Man" is a heart-breaking ballad, one of Young's best. The remaining songs seems like Neil Young 'rehash', but it's not that bad. Thanks to veteran drummer Jim Keltner, the songs contain fresh beats, but unfortunately, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt are sorely underused as backup singers. Not much new, but still good Neil Young magic.