Classic Album Alert! Famously Canadian singer-songwriter guy -- that has a great voice and is actually very good -- Neil Young sees an album that he did in '79 with raucous band Crazy Horse reissued on pristine 180g vinyl. For the most part recorded live, with a few studio overdubs, it's an energetic and dynamically enlivening record. Young coined the phrase Rust Never Sleeps to avoid complacency and try a more positive and progressive approach to live performance. On Warner Bros.
10/10 Stephen Customer review, 15th August 2017
This is one of Neil Young's best. It was mostly recorded live but you can only hear the sound of the crowd bleed through occasionally, although it was removed. It opens with "My My Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)", which, apart from being a fantastic song in its own right, was immortalised forever when Kurt Cobain used the line "It's better to burn out than to fade away" in his tragic suicide note. The album is divided in to an acoustic side and an electric side, book-ended by this, the acoustic version, and "Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)" the rockier, proto-grunge version.
The acoustic side has some gentle songs such as "Ride My Llama" and "Sail Away", whilst songs such as "Thrasher" and "Pocahontas" balance meaty strums with beautifully poetic lyrics. The stand-out track for me is "Powderfinger", which opens the electric side and again has a great, vivid lyric - “My face splashed in the sky” is the grisly description of the protagonist being shot in the head. On the electric side Neil Young really ramps up the distortion to speaker ripping levels on “Welfare Mothers”, “Sedan Delivery” and “Hey Hey My My (Into The Black)”. This album is not only essential in a Neil Young collection, but in any record collection.
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