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4.0 out of 5 stars Beleive The Hype, 25 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Prairie Wind (CD Only) (Audio CD)
I approached this album with both a touch of excitment and trepidation. I just want to state while I am a huge fan of Neil, I had'nt actually heard any of his recent albums bar the 90's Pearl Jam assisted Mirror Ball. Yet on being recommended the album in Q magazine my curiousity levels raised. In turn on hearing the first track the Painter my reservations began to fade as I entered familiar Neil Young territory. The next track to grab my attention came soon after with track 3's beautiful, soothing Falling Of The Face Of The Earth. Lyrically the album seems to be concerned with the passing of time, ghosts from the past and ideas of mortality. Moreover the image of the author attempting to come to terms with an ever changing world and indeed his place in it appears with lyrics relating to September the 11th, as evidenced in No Wonder. The general feel of the album is that of a gentle, country shuffle and with the risk of lazy journalism, perhaps can be best described as the final instalment in the Harvest trilogy, as has been much suggested. Beware however not all is great, as some of the later half of the album could if being harsh be described as slighty smaltzy or bar-band. Yet this is a minor gripe when songs such as It's only A Dream appear thoughout. Furthermore it is important to note that while many of the reviews on this site suggest that this is a somewhat bland and insipid album overall. Personally i feel a lot of this has to do with the in-vogue idea that as artists get old they get crap, have nothing to say. Conversely is the idea that as like latter day Dillion or Bowie ideas, images and inspiration can be drawn from the ageing process as a whole. Furthermore if you subscribe to the idea that great music comes from harsh times/experiences, then one would suggest that Prairie Wind conveys this as witnessed by the recent death of the writers father and his own subsuquent brain anuyerism. Thus overall Prairie Wind will appeal to any true Neil Young fan, especially those well aquianted with his acoustic material. So go out and buy it, it's one of those rare times when the music journalists get it right
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Initial post: 27 Jun 2010 19:11:29 BDT
Anthony says:
Your review would improve with attention to spelling: Believe / excitement / hadn't / schmaltzy / acquainted / later (latter). Grammar "..the idea that as like latter". I know, I know - very boring and pedantic! But - this IS your shop window.
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