4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Emotional resonance and probably one of his best,
This review is from: Prairie Wind (CD Only) (Audio CD)
I find it hard to reconcile some of the negativity on here against this album with my own feelings. I have never been prompted to add a review as a result of that before, but for this I'll make an exception. If written by Neil Young fans, they must be fans of the grungier end of his repertoire, though how anyone can be a fan of only one aspect of Neil Young is also pretty difficult to understand.
I would definitely seek out the CD/DVD combo. Being able to see the tracks performed was a revelation, especially When God Made Me. I don't understand how this has failed to attract a whole lot more attention. One of the most compelling songs of all time, in my opinion, raising all sorts of issues in a way that challenges in fundamental way. Maybe it challenges people too much, with 10 open questions asked in such a non-aggressive way. "Did he create just me in his image, or every living thing?", "Did he give me the gift of voice so some could silence me?"
The interesting thing is that the answer to each question is clearly a "No" (at least, to me anyways) until you get to the last one: "Did he give me the gift of compassion to help my fellow man?". Now, there's no way after answering the others in your head that you could then say "No" to that! I well up everytime.
This is just about the only Neil Young album where I think all tracks work well together. This was produced at a very important juncture for Neil, when his own view of what really mattered became vividly important to him. Luckily, we still have him with us, but I think he's changed at a basic level from then and I think the roots of that are clear in the material on this album. Everything is now a bonus.