3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Slow and easy,
This review is from: Harvest Moon (Audio CD)
Neil Young's unpredictability involves being fierce or bizarre one moment and mellow the next. 'Harvest Moon' is largely the latter, loping and lilting its way through love and nostalgia through all but three of the songs featured here. Its strongest feature is the ambience, unusual for a 1990s recording. The lingering echo of voice and guitar on 'Unknown Legend' sets up a warm resonance that prevails on this mostly folk and country-oriented album. For the most part, though, the content doesn't really hit home. 'War of Man' and the last two tracks, which feature more serious issues lack bite. 'Natural Beauty' is a ten minute song that never really takes off.
The title track and 'You and Me' work well, while 'Old King', though not to everyone's taste, stands out for being chirpier. 'Harvest Moon', then, has a pleasing feel for the most part but is a little short on substance.