Comment of the Moment: Yet More Thoughts on "Peace Trail", Neil Young's Latest Album
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Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Telluride, Colorado - 10/1/16
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The reactions to Neil Young’s new album "Peace Trail" continue to roll in.
Here is the latest Comment of the Moment posted to REVIEW: Neil Young’s "Compelling" Peace Trail by onthebeach:
I just got the album this past Saturday...I've been waiting for the vinyl but my local record store told me it was on backorder...I couldn't wait anymore so i got the cd. I'm kinda glad I got the cd now as I've been able to drive around with the album this past week and really soak it in...I think it's quietly one of his best since 2000 for sure. It's got little bits and pieces of Neil's past work sprinkled throughout it with fresh new twists applied to the similarities. The overall feel is morose to me (this is were I agree with past reviews shouting out On the Beach and Sleeps With Angels...I thought I'd do a track-by-track review.Thanks OTB! Good to see you our dear friend. Nice track by track rundown. Yes, repeated listens are a must to fully appreciate Neil's latest minor masterpiece. Hope we see more of your thoughts in 2017.
Peace Trail: I love the pump organ and Keltner's drums and the bass...The guitar reminds me of the Dead Man guitar work...Plus I like how the melody is in the similar style of Ramada Inn which is a great thing because imo, that song is a late career masterpiece from PP.
Can't Stop Workin': Guitar reminds me of the verses on Down By the River...Neil's vocals sound great and the distorted harmonica just cuts through...
Indian Givers: I've dug this since it was released on the internet back in September...Jim Keltner's drums really shine on this track as they just keep consistently rolling on.
Show Me: Standout track for me...Bushnell is great on this track. This wouldn't be out of place on Sleeps With Angels or On the Beach...I love the quiet guitar work on the verses and the main riff is killer.
Texas Rangers: To me this is the weakest track on the album (although at times its a guilty pleasure)...Its a little messy but interesting. Sometimes a line will be too long for the melody which makes me think of similar parts LWW, CD II, and FITR.
Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders: This song makes me think of the quieter parts of Chrome Dreams II (Ever After, etc)...I like when the beat drops out in the song...the harmonica playing fits the subject well, makes me think of hang gliders screeching down.
John Oaks: I agree with everyone else as this would fit on Greendale (sorta takes me back to Bandit)...I love the sparse instrumentation on this album.
My Pledge: Best use of Auto tune I believe I have heard...this one makes me think of Greendale as well...this one also shouts out to the recent Earth lp with the use of auto tune as backing vocals.
Glass Accident: I really like this one too...The melody reminds me of Beautiful Bluebird from CD II...great harmonica playing.
My New Robot: A shoutout to Trans with the return of the Vocoder...I dig this one too as I like how crazy its all getting before it shuts down.
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