Comment of the Moment: More Thoughts on "Peace Trail", Neil Young's Latest Album
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2017 continues to be off to a promising start.
We only say that because of one of the first comments that was posted this year to Thrasher's Wheat was an in depth listen to "Peace Trail", Neil Young's latest album.
Here is the Comment of the Moment posted to Comment of the Moment: Thoughts on "Peace Trail", Neil Young's Latest Album by Eric:
Enjoyed all the comments and the Scotsman review..
I have been with Neil's music for nearly 50 years.
Like most of us long timers, his output, although prolific, has been, save some notable exceptions, less than inspiring and absorbing over the last 20 years or so. I have not played a new Neil Young record this many times in this short of a space of time since "Sleeps With Angels.
This album is brilliant in so many ways. Things I like. The Songs: Peace Trail, Show Me, Glass Accident, My Pledge, and My Robot are exceptional. The others are very good, Indian Givers excepted.
Accessibility: How many times of late have you said about a Neil song, "I wish that would have lasted longer"?
These songs hit quick and are gone, and I keep going back for more. The Performances: Keltner's drumming is a marvel. He enriches every song with his off beats and drum choices.
I have heard some criticisms here and it's absolutely ridiculous. Neil's vocals are as good as they have ever been. I'm mostly referring to intonation and inflection. He is spot on. Neil's choice of guitars and his playing. (the electric guitars in Glass Accident and Peace Trail!)
And finally, The Computer Finale: Neil takes us back 30 years, (Trans) and brings us back again to remind us of the artificial world we have created and perhaps what it has done to our humanity, individually and collectively.
I love this album. Thank you Neil.
Thanks Eric. We appreciate the passion, as always.
And we agree with another sentiment posted here on "Peace Trail", observing that definitely something is happening on this one. The fact that it's selling poorly and receiving mixed reviews probably means Neil is on the right track, once again. There's a distinct connection to a long ago Neil that resonates and echos in the PT songs.
Our opinion is that in these times of war and greed, peace and love just don't to sell. It would seem today's society is buying the hate and war -- the marketing of which seems to be a much easier sell.
But -- as everyone knows -- peace and love never really goes out of style...