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Neil and Crazy Horse are back with a rip snorting,high octane recording. With Nils Lofgren replacing Frank Samoedro, the fit is almost seamless. Neil's lyrics are stronger than recent releases and guitar playing as Good as ever.
I’m frankly amazed by some of the negative reviews for this album. To my ears this is prime Neil Young. Whether you like his softer lyrical songs or his guitar strangling rocky side you will find plenty to enjoy here. One of the reviewers even described this as ‘another substandard Neil Young’ album. Well I don’t know what they have been listening to but it surely can’t have been Colorado. It would be a shame if such nonsense put anyone off buying this great album. All of the tracks are good but if I had to pick favourites then I would have to mention ‘She Showed Me Love’ with it’s very long blistering guitar solo, or ‘Green Is Blue’ with it’s haunting melody and message. Another track worthy of special mention is ‘Milky Way’ which is just beautiful. This album is up there with his best. Don’t be put off by those who listened but didn’t hear.
Da hat sich der Altmeister wahrlich keinen Gefallen getan. Angekündigt als Nachfolger einstiger Großtaten mit Crazy Horse enttäuscht der neue Longplayer auf ganzer Linie. Viel uninspiriertes Geschrammel mit einfachen plakativen Ökobotschaften. Zum Glück hat er uns eine Lobhymne auf Darling Greta erspart. Nichts gegen die löbliche Absicht, aber dermaßen plakativ und ohne jegliches sprachliches Esprit kam der alte Neil selten daher. Apropos alt: Er konnte noch nie richtig singen, aber was er hier stimmlich abliefert, lässt ernstlich um seinen Gesundheitszustand fürchten. Ich kann nur empfehlen, lieber auf eines der in letzten Jahren reichlich erschienenen Live -Alben zurückzugreifen.
For me, Neil Young has had a very fallow period over the last decade or so. During the 70s-90s I would buy any new Neil Young release as a matter of course, yes even Trans/Shocking Pinks/Old Ways. (I actually really like Trans and Old Ways). Nowadays I hardly even buy a new release as the streaming services allow me to try before I buy and I have been less than impressed with Neil's recent work.
No one else sounds like Crazy Horse, but this album is not Ragged Glory, it's not Reactor and it certainly is not Everyone Knows This is Nowhere. But it's not bad. It has some clumsy lyrics as Neil's records are apt to have these days, but it has the unmistakable grind of the Ralph/Billy rhythm section. Poncho is out , Nils is in. There are some trademark long rambling jams and some shorter less interesting ballads. I'm glad I picked it up, it won't get the same play time as Rust Never Sleeps, but after all the dross Neil has out recently, this will do.
Like many reviews written here, this isn’t some massive return to Ragged Glory. It’s a return of Crazy Horse but it’s nothing to write home about.
The folky numbers are nice enough but a little pointless, the rockers are suitably rough and ready like prime CH but it’s all a little forced and really doesn’t differ from any of NY’s latter albums.
I found some of the lyrics very childish and sixth form (The Rainbow stuff although very well meaning is very embarrassing).
The production is particularly strange, everything low in the mix, you need to listen to this LOUD. This is another reason why the bite and grit of prime NY and CH is lost on this album, I don’t want my stereo rattling the windows just so I can hear the scrapes of strings and hiss of amps.
Still, it’s better than most other such rubbish in the charts.
This release from Neil Young is pretty feeble, being a huge fan of N.Young was expecting something on par with his fantastic back catalogue, however, this vinyl package is excessive, two 12" vinyl discs were one would have done. 16 or 17 minutes a side, plus a vinyl single, in these days when plastics etc are a danger to us all Neil should have known better. The music produced here is a pale facsimile of what came before from the power house Crazy Horse. Disappointed totally.
Probably nothing here to win over any who don't already love Neil Young, but a solid album for those who do. In my opinion, his best studio album since his last effort with Crazy Horse (Psychedelic Pill), though not nearly as good. An enjoyable listen, and doubtlessly one that'll grow on me, but lacks the punch that PP had. Track 1, Think of Me, is a beauty though.
Well Neil i never thought i would say it but please stop singing, get someone (younger)and stick to writing the song and playing guitar. Your voice has gone. I was under the impression that Neil Young was very particular about what he put out . Not this time my friend obviously needed the money.
I've a lot of Neil; been listening since 76, so always look forward to a new album. He's released a lot of patchy albums in the last 15 years, but some very good ones; Le Noise, Pill and most of Greendale.....but this is a challenge. There are 5 very good songs inside Colorado; some good soloing and passionate singing......but there are 5 further songs which are just awful. Trite lyrics that dont scan and mediocre song structure. A pity as I so wanted this album to be a complete listen. But you'll be poised over the skip button; youd6have to be a very forgiving fan indeed to like all thats on offer here. But the 5 good songs make a great 30 minutes.