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Cinnamon Girl: Neil Young Tribute by Various
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7/10 Penrith Steve 2nd August 2015

American Laundromat Records seems dedicated to giving thanks to things they love by putting together tribute albums for them. The only original album I’ve known them put out is the new Juliana Hatfield Three album earlier this year. They’ve done one for Pixies, the films of Wes Anderson and this one for Neil Young. They do seem to be able to pick from an impressive roster of American indie artists though – and I think the albums are usually done with a charitable cause in mind, so it’s all good.

It is quite hard to cover Neil Young. He is a performer who puts his heart and soul into his songs more so than most, there’s the songs he writes then there’s the way he performs them, and only he can do it that way. So, The album opens with Tanya Donnelly’s version of “Heart Of Gold” which is perfectly fine, but it’s just a run through the song. Britta Phillips covers “I Am A Child” and it’s a bit more interesting due to the ethereal dustiness of the production – makes you think she’s riding a horse whilst singing it. The best cover on here though is probably The Watson Twins mournful take on “Powderfinger” although other highlights include Kristin Hersh’s “Like A Hurricane” and “Down By The River” by Jill Sobule and John Doe from X. Neil Young’s mostly one-note solo from the latter is recreated on a banjo.


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