The Last Neil Young Album You Really Cared About? | Steve Hoffman Forum
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A question: What was the last Neil Young album that you really cared about?
This provocative question was posted recently on the audiophile forum Steve Hoffman Forum by Musician95616:
Artists with long careers and large catalogs (Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Paul McCartney) generally face a challenge with latter day releases matching the quality of their classic albums.And -- you might imagine -- lots of folks have lots of opinions. The thread is already up to over 12 pages with opinions going back to the 1970's with Rust Never Sleeps right up to Neil Young's latest The Monsanto Years.
For Neil, what was the last album of his that you really cared about? I will admit that "Storytone" left me cold, as well as "A Letter Home" and the majority of his more recent albums. In fact, I might say that although "Psychedelic Pill" was an exception for me, Neil Young hasn't really made an album I like since "Ragged Glory" and "Harvest Moon".
In our somewhat unscientific assessment, it would seem that a consensus of sorts centers around Psychedelic Pill with Crazy Horse from 2012 being a benchmark for many. Not unreasonable with many finding albums like A Letter Home (2014) and Storytone (2014) being less than compelling and somewhat inaccessible.
Here's a somewhat typical comment on Steve Hoffman Forum by tolkev:
The last Neil record I really cared about was Harvest Moon, but I saw him this summer and the show fantastic!So what do you think? What was the last Neil Young album that you really cared about?
His band was excellent & did a great setlist of classic stuff. He started solo acoustic, then did full band country and finished with an onslaught of rock. The band was very versatile and could do authentic country and full-on Crazy Horse. The sound was great his voice and guitar were top notch.Totally clear and dead center in the mix. As for the new material, the Monsanto stuff was when he really let loose and rocked hardest and although the lyrics lack his best craft being a bit to direct repeating corporate names ad nauseam and basically being a straight out, blunt bitchfest, He and the band tore into them and lit it up like they were kids with a boombox at a keg party standing around a bonfire.
A great show!
Thanks for voting and let us know what you think!
UPDATE: See comment below regarding the removal of Live/Compilation albums from choices.
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