Colorado is the first album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse since the epic Psychedelic Pill in 2012. The band believe that they had it in them to make an album that was equal to their best material, so they got together and gave it a go. This particular incarnation of Crazy Horse include Nils Lofgren on guitar and piano.
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Neil Young is back in brilliant and bullish form on 'Colorado', his first album in seven years, since 2012's 'Psychedelic Pill'. The thing you must understand about this record is that the arrangements on this record are very standard, vanilla ice-cream, chicken korma, low-ABV, visit Buckingham Palace-type standard. However. However. It's Neil Young so the songs just have that je ne sais quoi.
Listen, thirteen-minute songs are great if they change a lot or don't change at all. Young Neil subverts this rule on the album's centrepiece, 'She Showed Me Love', belligerently positioned one song in. How does this lumpen trudge of a song, where the lead guitar is panned unashamedly to one side, sound so entrancing and hypnotic? It's the Young-factor, of course. I love the kinda sleazy chorus line, which the band sing in the Bad Seeds style, and the lyrics are superb. The song starts and Young speak-sings "You might say I'm an old white guy... I'm an old white guy", I mean come on! What an opening gambit!
In this lyric and elsewhere Young seems to be wrestling slightly with a sense of self. On 'Think Of Me' he says "I can slither in the ditches" and on 'I Do' he asks, perhaps to himself, "why do I believe in you?" There's an interesting interesting ecological angle to these lyrics. The songs are peppered with references to environmental catastrophe, such as bloated whale carcasses and dead coral reefs. This is where the genius of the album lies. It's all about voice, the voice. Young's tremulous falsetto and high-register parts are completely heart-breaking. The arrangements, slapdash and rough-hewn as they are, allow a voice to be heard. As Young himself sings on 'Help Me Lose My Mind' "I got a voice that does its damage".
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