Neil’s 1970 masterpiece is sublimely balanced. The lonesome piano stoner anthem of the title track, the eerie / uplifting Don’t Let It Bring you Down, Only Love Can Break Your Heart’s hippy wisdom, a pair of Crazy Horse rockers, and a few weepies. There’s not a song here that wouldn’t be an essential setlist inclusion for most artists, but this is Neil we’re talking about. Hence the charming miniatures Cripple Creek Ferry and Til the Morning Comes are relatively overlooked and Tell Me Why rarely gets a live airing.
The recent remaster was a revelation and best of all on vinyl.
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10/10 Penrith steve Customer review, 13th October 2014
Neil Young has several essential albums in his hugely populated back catalogue, this is probably the first of that bunch, though its predecessor "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" ain't too shabby, either.
From the first dum-dum-dum of his acoustic guitar on "Tell Me Why" to the last chord of the ramshackle sing-a-long "Cripple Creek Ferry", this album oozes songwriting and performance chops of the highest order. He rocks out in typical style on "Southern Man", a song that seemingly annoyed southern rock's favourite sons Lynyrd Skynrd enough to diss the song in "Sweet Home Alabama". There are genuinely beautiful ballads with the title track and "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" making us swoon. The most heartbreakingly gorgeous moment though, has to be "Birds". The harmonies, the melody, the heartfelt performance - it's simply as good as music gets.
I will never, ever tire of this stone cold classic, and it's not even my favourite Neil Young album. The man is a God!
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