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Sunday, December 10, 2023

INTERVIEWS: Neil Young on New Album "Before And After" | SoCal Sound + The Road Home

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A couple of recent interviews with Neil Young on his new album "Before And After".

From SoCal Sound | KCSN, Nic Harcourt interviews Neil Young on December 8, 2023. (thanks Adam K. & GDTRFB71!)



"When Neil young wants to say hi, you make it happen. Thirty minutes after I got the call I’m speaking with Neil In his RV on his way to an in-store in Atascadero, (where apparently they had a food truck outside with Neil themed offerings like “Harvest Gold” Burritos) and I fired up the zoom room at home. We had a fun run through the songs on the new album. I hope you enjoy the chat." - Nic Harcourt
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From The Road Home | KCBX, Marisa Waddell interviews Neil Young on December 7, 2023. (thanks Knowledge Nomad !)

  Neil Young Interview w/ Marisa Waddell

More on Neil Young's new album Before And After:

"Before And After" by Neil Young   

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At 12/10/2023 06:45:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

Before and After is an incredibly intimate listening experience. Neil’s vocals are crystal clear, fragile, and honest. The authenticity of his lyrical delivery is what sets this release apart from anything else he’s ever released. The quality of his vocals reflect the time and place he exists in now. And Its not just his age, but his life experiences that set this record apart from any previous recording.

His delivery is soaked in life lessons that can only be obtained by living it. Nothing here is phoned in or contrived. He’s living each and every single word. This is a remarkable achievement that can only be achieved by someone who has decades of life experiences to draw from, and a few hard lessons learned.

Neil allows us to feel the lyrics from a different perspective than where they lived in earlier incarnations. These are songs that reflect the essence of the artist who has grown wiser through time. He’s experienced the gifts, and struggles of a lifetime. The success, and the loss that comes with longevity. And he’s allowing us the opportunity to witness his growth from his experiences.

For me personally, it’s his delivery of these lyrics that makes this album so powerful. The musical approach is secondary to his interpretation of the lyrics that he wrote when he was much younger (with a couple of exceptions), and hungrier than he is now. Neil has never felt the need to prove himself to anyone, and this album is an excellent example of an artist free to create without being concerned with sales. This record almost feels like a diary entry.

Neil Young has always impressed me with his ability to create something special, by being fearless in his execution. He has created a lot of records that have been both passionate, and transparent. His desire to create something meaningful has always been commendable, and Before and After is a perfect example.

These are my initial impressions of this new record (after just one listen),and I might be completely wrong……..if I am, I’m sure someone will set me straight.

Peace 🙏

At 12/10/2023 11:13:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

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At 12/11/2023 09:41:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Dan - Many thanks. Your contributions here are very appreciated. Especially knowing the pain you're suffering with your loss earlier this year.

We hope that music is a healer for you. Carry on and know that our rustie grain community will always be here for you 24/7. Peace to you in the holiday season.

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