I thought that Young had hit the ultimate with After The Goldrush & Harvest and that nothing would ever come near. But after (only recently) buying Harvest Moon I'm rather annoyed that it's taken me so long to pick him up again. This album is Neil Young at his best, doing what he does best. I love it.
The follow-up (twenty years on!) to 1972's "Harvest," "Harvest Moon" is, if anything, a more impressive, and certainly more coherent, collection. One thing which strikes the listener here is the sheer quality of Young's writing: "Unknown Legend," "War of Man," "One of These Days" and the dark "Natural Beauty" are all right on the money. Even "Old King," a humourous tribute to Young's deceased dog, has a rollicking charm. While more of a "straight" country album than "Harvest," and thus less imaginative in terms of arrangements, this album has the edge over its prequel on the songwriting front. A consistant and enjoyable effort.