Neil Young: After The Gold Rush
Mark Williams, Oz, 1970
To start with Nell Young ain't tryin' anything flashy he does what he knows and he does it with the perfection of a trained craftsman. In fact a lot of the material on this record draws heavily from some of the cuts on his last effort with Crazy Horse: 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' cribs off 'Round and Round'; 'Southern Man' up-tempo's the basic riff used in 'Cowgirl In The Sand' and 'When You Dance I Can Really Love' uses that riff yet again. Frankly this tendency towards repetition doesn't bother me a jot, mainly because Young's music, however simple, is astoundingly original and also because his spell with CSN&Y has taught him new ways of arranging and recording his songs, particularly the vocals, which give them new depth. So I can't understand why this latest album has gotten such shitty (or at least careless) reviews. Neil Young is his own man and his stuff should be judged by suitable standards this is no heavy rock-freako-acid-guitar-bashing-crud with fifty thousand wonderful watts of belching feedback to obliterate every mistake he makes; no sir!
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