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A real Neil Young gem,
This review is from: Psychedelic Pill (Audio CD)This is an excellent Neil Young album, which is a relief to be able to say because I didn't think much of Americana, his last one. This album, like Americana, features Crazy Horse but is a completely different piece of work and it's terrific - in places I think it comes close to his best, which makes it something really special.
The overall sound and feel is vintage Neil Young. There are the hauntingly melancholy tunes, the thoughtful, quirky lyrics and the great chord sequences which made albums like Harvest and After The Goldrush so great, combined with the controlled, distortion-driven power of the brilliant Rust Never Sleeps. (Am I showing my age here?) This album is also a reminder of what a great band Crazy Horse are. The sound is terrific, there is some great guitar work and they are tight and gutsy so even Born In Ontario, the only slightly weak song on the album, still sounds really good.
Neil Young is often meditating on experience and aging here, but he still sounds young and fresh and still has more power and guts than a lot of artists half his age. Several of the tracks are very long; Driftin' Back lasts nearly half an hour and other tracks are over 15 minutes. This, of course, is typical Neil Young - refusing to bow to convention and doing whatever makes musical sense to him at the time. He has always done this and it can be dreadful (it sometimes has been in the past) but nearly all the time here it's great. The huge Ramada Inn is a masterpiece in my view, and more conventional shorter tracks like Twisted Road may well end up in the list of Neil Young Classics.
There is little self-indulgence and a huge amount of real musical substance. Driftin' Back could perhaps do with a little trimming, but it's still a really good track. The last half of Walk Like A Giant will probably get the skip-to-next treatment from me, but its first eight minutes or so are quite brilliant.
You have to hand it to the man - he doesn't mess about and within six months of releasing the mediocre Americana he has come up with a real cracker which I think will stand among his finest albums. If you're not already familiar with Neil Young this may not be the best place to start but if you are I suspect that, like me, you will love this. Very, very warmly recommended.
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Initial post: 29 Oct 2012 22:02:43 GMT
Mr. A. W. Riggs says:
I tend to agree with you BUT it ain't nowhere near the peerless 'Rust Never Sleeps'
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2012 21:31:39 GMT
Red on Black says:
A splendid review and a positive vote but I have to agree with Mr Riggs this does not touch "Rust never sleeps" and frankly comes no where near the general consistency of "Ragged Glory". I do find "Driftin back" a bit of a plodder and there is some filler here. But as a follow up to the truly horrible "Americana" this represents a massive step change.
Posted on 20 Nov 2012 19:06:59 GMT
Old Jake says:
Great review and I agree entirely. One of the best sixties type things I've heard since back in the day.
Posted on 4 Jan 2013 21:45:11 GMT
harrys dad says:
I agree Sid. Remember these albums grow as well and all things being as they are now, compared to how they were in the seventies we are very lucky indeed to be still getting great albums like this from him and in twenty years time I bet this will be viewed as one of his very very best. Hardly any weak points on this at all just pure simmering horse. All of Walk like a Giant is immense, check out some of the live versions online.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2013 22:19:40 BDT
Glidd of Glood says:
What I like is the feeling that this could have been recorded 40 years ago. Original it is not, but who cares. This is the sound that defined Neil Young and if you like all the classics, then you are bound to like this.
Posted on 11 Oct 2013 14:56:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Oct 2013 14:56:47 BDT
Sweet Life Records says:
Amazing Album! Superb review Sid, just wondering if you would be interested in reviewing our EP? We could send you a copy if you like?
All the best,
Dan | Lone Pine
Lone Pine - The Lock-Up Sessions Vol.1
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2013 07:27:19 BDT
Sid Nuncius says:
OK - thanks. If you email me, we can arrange it. My email address is on my profile page
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