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9/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 20 April 2011
OK, this is a very good record for reasons I'm not entirely sure it's OK to discuss but to me seems like a very logical step for a new batch of artists with a healthy fascination with the work of Neil Young. First up, an explanation as to why it exists. Turns out a friend of the label owner took a terrible miss-step and ending up badly injuring himself (details are in the press release so I won't elaborate here) to the extent that he needs assistance with his medical bills thus, the lads at Bezoar records have roped in their pals to record a benefit album on his behalf with the twist being that all the songs are Neil Young covers. Hopefully this won't get back to the Young estate as it'd be a shame if anyone over there got pissed off about the existence of this fine record. Contributions come from Julian Lynch, Sun Araw and Ducktails among many others and each artist treats these classic compositions with the kind of respect and understanding rarely heard in covers circles. I won't go into excessive detail (i could chat all day about the Youngster) but highlights include an ace version of 'Cortez The Killer' by Stag Hare that manages to trump the recent Deerhunter / Jim Jarmusch version that's been making the rounds on Pitchfork. Julian Lynch's 'Sedan Delivery' and Sun Araw's version of 'Barstool Blues' are also absolutely genius but I'm a fan of pretty much every track here as each artist adds something special to their renditions. It's also apparent how much this lo-fi Woodsist / Underwater People-esque production style suits these songs. Hopefully Mr. Young will be flattered that these artists hold him in such high regard. Personally I'd much rather see Neil Young backed by say Real Estate or Alex Bleeker and Freaks (artist sadly not included here) than fucking Pearl Jam! Thanks Bezoar, it's been a long time coming (a five month delay thanks to lads at UK customs) but you've made my frickin' day!
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