At some point in the ‘90s Neil Young’s 1975 classic Tonight’s The Night was regarded by NME as being one of the most depressing albums ever released. The album is influenced by the grief Neil Young felt at the drug-induced deaths of Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten and roadie Bruce Berry. I’d call it a heartbreaking work of staggering genius.
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10/10 Stephen 6th August 2016
Neil Young works well when he works quickly. Most of "Tonight's The Night" was recorded in one day. The rawness shows on the recording and it's all the better for it. Perfect through it's imperfections - not that there's any obvious mistakes on it or anything - but the emotion driven by the death of two of his friends pours out of it from Young's straining voice to the way the instruments are played. The title track which opens the album is almost like his instant response to the news of the death of roadie Bruce Berry. The juxtaposition of the overall sadness with the joy that comes across on the live recording of "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown" which features the late Danny Whitten makes Neil Young's grief all the more palpable. It is a sad album, but it's not depressing. Music this good could never be depressing. It's heartbreaking, it's raw, it's emotional. It leaves you feeling like you're in a different place to where you were when you started listening.
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