Thanks To Neil Young For Still Being Gloriously Weird
Chrome Dreams II Tour - 2007
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Generally blogging, we tend to disagree with the many "labels" applied to Neil Young and his music.
For example, labels like "crazy", "weird", and "inexplicable" -- to randomly pick a handful -- tend to be shorthand brushoffs by some bloggers who fail to penetrate the complex simplicity of the man we call Neil. We actually prefer to use phrases like "artist", "passionate", "dreamer", "conscious", or "individualistic truth teller".
Or, as we sometimes blog, there are two types of people in the world: those who "get" Neil and those that don't.
From buffaBLOG - The Buffalo music blog "Thanks To Neil Young For Still Being Gloriously Weird" by John Hugar in a review of Psychedelic Pill:
There are plenty of musicians who make great albums well into their 60s, but how many make stuff as groundbreaking as this?Well, we're not too sure about the Kanye West comparison? And we definitely disagree about needing a "clone of Harvest every few years". But we'll agree on the "most ambitious person in music today" part.
I loved Springsteen's Wrecking Ball, and if we're going purely on enjoy-ability it might even be a stronger record than Young's Psychedelic Pill, but at heart, it's a Bruce Springsteen album. It features the same music styles, and lyrical tendencies that have been featured in Springsteen's work for years. While I applaud Springsteen for still making entertaining relevant work, the album is completely in his wheelhouse, and doesn't really break any new ground.
Young should be applauded for taking his music to new places when he doesn't really have to anymore. Most of his fans would be happy with a clone of Harvest every few years, but he wants to do more than that. Indeed, he might be the most ambitious person in music today, with the possible exception of Kanye West.
And here's just one more way to view the world...
I don't trust people who don't like Neil Young.— Coll (@thr3epointone4) January 20, 2013
(Note the volume of re-tweets. This is not a fringe opinion of the "Gloriously Weird".)
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