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Neil Young: On The Beach

Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, 17 August 1974

RIGHT NOW NEIL YOUNG is in kind of an invidious position. On The Beach is his equivalent of Lennon's Plastic Ono Band album in terms of being a reaction to and rejection of his earlier work but, whereas Lennon's change was both gradual (starting, really, from Help!) and included in its course pieces like 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' Young has made his artistic stock-in-trade the investigation of personal pain from the very beginning.

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