Peace Trail features ten tracks that see Neil Young taking an acoustic approach once again. After recording a couple of albums with Promise Of The Real, including his recent live opus Earth, he has decided to simplify things and work as three piece with Jim Keltner and Paul Bushnell backing him on drums and bass respectively. The album was recorded at Rick Rubin’s studio, Shangri-La, and produced by Neil Young produced along with Jim Hanlon.
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7/10 Tom 18th December 2018
The world is probably better for the fact that Neil Young continues to write and record his songs, and that he does so at a pace that keeps the likes of Ty Segall up at night. Peace Trail is about as rushed and haphazard as the album cover suggests, but there's something about a ragged Neil Young working with a small group of musicians that yields some wild raw magic.
There's not a 'Southern Man', or even an 'Are You Ready For the Country?' anywhere to be found on Peace Trail, but something about the quickly assembled songs on Peace Trail give it a youthful immediacy that's actually quite fun and enjoyable to listen to. For example, the single 'Indian Givers' has an unusual bounce thanks to the inventive playing of bassist Paul Bushnell and drummer Jim Keltner.
Neil has never had the best knack for subtlety (see song titles such as 'Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders'), but he has always been a maestro with chord progressions (also see 'Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders') and melodies. Will Peace Trail be fondly remembered in 5 years time? Probably not. But for now this is a damn fine Neil Young record.
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