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Neil Young: Hawks & Doves (Reprise HS2297)

Jon Young, Trouser Press, February 1981

NEIL YOUNG stands alone in his ability to startle an audience with the most familiar techniques. As a master of everything from quiet folk to thundering rock, he possesses a unique flexibility; rarely will one of his LPs echo the one preceding. Most performers adopt a certain style because it's what they find most comfortable. When Young chooses his weapons, the ulterior motive is all-important. His recipe may include the same old ingredients but the end result is almost bound to be a surprise.

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