Driving around town today, buying the last few bits for our New Years Eve party, I was trying to find something to listen to on the radio. Generally in Tennessee I have to crawl through 50 country music channels and evangelical channels before finding something. I found the local NPR station (National Public Radio, a less posh Radio 4) and heard the unmistakable sound of Neil Young’s distorted guitar. I was quite happy with myself that I recognised Mr. Young’s guitar sound, he plays the guitar like no one, he seems to let it play itself.
The track in question was She’s Always Dancing, I hadn’t yet heard this album, so I wasn’t entirely sure if this track was on it. So for the next couple of hours I trawled around small town Tennessee in search of the album. After a couple of near misses, I gave up after a fruitless, and soul destroying Walmart visit and went back and bought it on itunes.
Micro review; Like a fleece blanket, I wrapped myself up in this album and drifted off to another place.
I heard screaming and bullwhips cracking
Sounds like my neighbours on a Sunday afternoon. This is still my favourite album by our favourite Canadian Indie Grandfather (CIG). It is certainly a bit of a mixed bag, which is why I think I like it so much.
One of the great things about living in Dublin is you can get home from work and put an FM radio station on you hear Neil Young. I don’t believe that would happen in the UK, maybe I am wrong as I hardly listen to FM radio.
Some classic Youngian (hey, that’ll work) moments on this album, but they are all dwarfed by Southern Man, what a song. If there is one song in rock music’s long and never-ending canon that I wished I had written I think it would be Southern Man. It is sonically (there goes that word again, sorry) amazing, but lyrically is racially and socially aware, which you didn’t really hear in rock that much, this seemed to upset many people, including Lynyrd Skynyrd. He really had it in for the Southern States though and stuck the boot in again with Alabama from Harvest. Don’t Let it Bring You Down is another gem from this album and When You Dance I Can Really Love (another strange song title from our Neil) is great, although I prefer the version from Live Rust.
Hidden gem; Tell me Why