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A late classic from NY,
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I`m utterly baffled by the lukewarm reviews this received on its release. Among his 21st century albums it`s better than Chrome Dreams or even a fine set like Prairie Wind. This one has an atmosphere all its own, helped by tight, moody backings from no less than Booker T and the MGs, though sadly without their guitar legend Steve Cropper, who was doubtless surplus to requirements since NY himself handles the sinewy, succinct solos.
In an odd way I can`t quite explain, its sound & feel remind me a little of some of Dylan`s more recent albums. It has something of the fabled `wild mercury sound` associated both with much of His Bobness`s music and some of what we now call Americana. (Dylan being a fan of Neil Young, I bet he appreciates AYP.)
There`s not a bad track, nothing you want to skip over - which you can`t say about every NY record - and I believe that in years to come this will be seen as a great underrated set of songs, much as Dylan`s wonderful Planet Waves & New Morning have been lately reassessed.
I`d place this beside On The Beach, Sleeps With Angels and This Note`s For You, as one of NY`s more introspective, less `out there` efforts, and it deserves to be spoken of in such company. Not quite the classic that is On the Beach, but definitely as good as, if not better than, the excellent This Note`s For You, which in some ways, for example its soulful feel, it resembles.
One plus is his deft, brief guitar solos, played in an uncharacteristically restrained style that`s almost a balm to the ear! His hero Hank Marvin would surely be proud.
This is a subtly superb milestone in Neil Young`s fascinating ongoing musical journey. The more I play this consistently fine album the higher it leaps in my estimation. It would be in any NY top ten of mine.
Ignore the nay-sayers. Recommended.