This baffling, bonkers, brilliant gig finds Neil Young at his most mercurial and theatrical, writes Dave Simpson. The 67-year-old's first British gig with Crazy Horse in many a moon is unusually theatrical, not least in a bizarre opening sequence that has men in white coats fussing around Young and bandmates, who all stand with hands on their hearts to the sound of God Save the Queen, which Young and Crazy Horse recorded on their Americana album
Crazy Horse eventually appears out of nowhere, in a slow fade-in, and their introduction to the album feels like a flashback. Young gets the point across well enough: when he plays with The Horse, he is taken to another world. He goes somewhere else. Indeed, the extensively drawn out, meandering garage jams on Psychedelic Pill (three songs exceed the 15 minute mark) allow Neil Young & Crazy Horse to truly rediscover their former selves.
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Young’s reuniting with Crazy Horse has yielded disappointingly damp results. Great though he undoubtedly is, Neil Young has released some terrible albums in his time. And although Americana, his 34th studio recording, doesn't quite plumb the depths of, say, Everybody's Rockin' or Re-ac-tor, it's almost certainly destined to be regarded as a footnote in his canon. It reunites him with venerable backing band Crazy Horse for the first time since their multimedia concept piece, Greendale, in 2003
Neil Young's latest studio record, his first with Crazy Horse in nine years, isn't so much a covers collection as it is a concept album in the vein of Nick Cave's Murder Ballads. Neil Young's legend has essentially been built through obfuscation; he's accumulated one of the most celebrated yet byzantine songbooks in rock by impulsively shifting course album to album, whether it means periodically alienating fans, band mates, and record labels alike. But when it comes to covering other people's songs, he's an unabashed populist.
Psychedelic Pill, the first album of original material from Neil Young and Crazy Horse in nearly a decade, comes on like a flashback. For those who are, the album will be something close to a revelation. The band remains full of whinny and stomp, Young still has the fire in his belly, and the musical idiom he once termed metal folk protest music offers ample support to the singer’s most free-associative and self-referential album in a career full of them. Bear in mind that Young is fresh off composing his autobiography, Waging Heavy Peace, which the singer described as a therapeutic experience. Psychedelic Pill follows fast on its heels, and in the same inward vein.
There's plenty to like about Neil Young and Crazy Horse's first work together for nine years, a collection of cover versions of essential American tunes. Release Date: Jun 5, 2012 Record label: Reprise Genre(s): Folk, Americana, Pop/Rock, Alternative Folk. 70 Music Critic Score How the Music Critic Score works.