After all the earth-scorched rock songs and talk of killin', Neil Young decided to draw back into his folksy shell, following up Zuma and American Stars 'N Bars with a soft country record not a far cry from his classic Harvest. This record's eponymous track is one of his most beautiful and the record's sepia-tinged sparsity proves delicacy to be his strongest point.
Vinyl LP £18.99 0093624917588
180g vinyl reissue LP on Warner Bros.
8/10 Tom 18th December 2018
Comes a Time was Neil Young's last studio record of the seventies and it says a lot about his genius that it stands up against his earlier great works. Indeed, if you were to compile a list of Young's 10 best studio albums I think Comes a Time would have to creep in.
That's thanks to the pleasing country-rock therein. The title track is a pleasant whirlwind of acoustic guitars and fiddles; 'Lotta Love' is classic Neil Young relationship-brooding; and 'Human Highway' is one of his unsung masterpieces. Skip 'Motorcycle Mama' and you've got a fantastic album in your hands.
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