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Tonight's The Night

Neil Young

1975

Tonight's The Night

Album Summary

Tonight's the Night is the sixth studio album by Canadian / American songwriter Neil Young. It was recorded in August–September 1973, mostly on August 26, but its release was delayed until June 1975. It peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard 200. In 2003, the album was ranked number 331 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, moving up to number 330 in the list's 2012 edition and climbing further to number 302 in the 2020 update. The album is the third and final of the so-called "Ditch Trilogy" of albums that Young released following the major success of 1972's Harvest, whereupon the scope of his success and acclaim became so difficult for Young that he subsequently experienced alienation from his music and career.

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Rating

3.29

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5129

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Sat Dec 25 2021
5

Tonight's the Night is a spectacle of raw, unfiltered tragedy. The opener is emotionally devastating, as Neil Young's voice croons and squeaks, soaring and collapsing through a set of lyrics about his dead friend Bruce Berry. Speakin' Out is wistful, melancholic, and evokes a sense of the band playing to dull the pain. World on a String works surprisingly well either in spite of or due to its roughness, but it's not as necessary as some of the other cuts. Borrowed Tune sketches a portrait of a sad, questioning, regretful artist wasted out of his mind at night's end. Come on Baby Let's Go Downtown is bright and bouncy and painful, as Danny Whitton who was instrumental in Neil Young's previous efforts delivers a posthumous performance that brings the house down. It reminds us what has been lost (the light that no longer shines) and provides a respite from the album's downtrodden tunes. Mellow My Mind is initially the least notable cut here, but its longing search for harmony and tranquility really sticks in the soul. To start side two, Roll Another Number is musically ambitious and describes Young's sense of anger at the industry that stifled the release of this album for so long. After deaths of those close to us, we often view our own lives through different lenses, and systems that once seemed necessary are now just a burden. Albuquerque picks up on the same thread, as Young seeks an escape from it all on what might be the best song he’s ever made. The tenderness and surprising sweetness of New Mama clash with the aggression of Lookout Joe with its wailing guitar riffs. Tired Eyes is delicate, full of regret and calm. Its placid yet beautiful sound is incredible to witness. The second rendition of Tonight’s the Night that closes the album is a necessary resolution to this abrasive, soothing, cynical, mourning, visionary record. Rest in peace, Bruce and Danny.

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Wed Sep 30 2020
2

I really don't like Neil Young. Like... I really don't. This release from '75 has an undeniable disco stank on 'em. On top of the unappetizing disconess, Neil's voice is... raw and unrefined. Again, not in a good way. More in a, "Oh buddy, maybe you shouldn't try to hit those notes" way. It makes me appreciate the earlier Neil Young album that I reviewed a bit more. That said, after reading the wikipedia article on this album, I think I understand it a bit more. Apparently, this album was written in a time of grief and recorded over the course of two days while Neil was processing the loss of his friends. This DOES have an exceptionally raw feel to it and, for all that I don't think these songs and recordings stand on their own, the album really does communicate the almost nihilistic grief of post-Vietnam era young man.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
2

If I ever wanted to be in a shitty bar in the 70s, this is what it would sound like. I don’t want to be in that bar

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

La coqueluche de Robert, l'homme le plus représenté de la liste faisait son apparition aujourd'hui. Et on peut dire qu'il frappe fort du poing sur la table. En effet, Neil Young va passer la totalité de l'album à invectiver le serveur du bar au sein duquel il enchaîne les whisky depuis l'ouverture, en matraquant son poing solide sur le bar, un grave "un autre" s'esquivant de sa bouche. Nous finirons cette écoute par quelques vomissements, ainsi qu'un leger coma pour le Neil. Comme on dit de par chez nous, pose la bouteille si tu sais pas boire.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

There’s better Neil but this is still better than a lot of things

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

Darn Spotify & Rogan! Now Neil isn't on Spotify anymore had to listen on Jeff Bezos's baby instead. Neil is a musical; hero of mine so I am definitely up for this one! Probably Neil at his most bluesy and most Blue as well. Not a happy album but with real passion for his lost friends. Music at it's most powerful. Love it throughout but tops has got to be the title track, a eulogy for friends. So I love the whole album really but "Tonights The Night", Nils Lofgren's guitar solo on "Speakin' out" "Tired Eyes" and the wonderful live version of "C'mon Baby Lets Go Downtown" great album rightfully on this list I believe.

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Tue Sep 28 2021
3

Vous avez sûrement comme moi constaté à quel point la voix de Neil Young semble alcoolisée tout au long de cet enregistrement. Le morceau d'introduction "Il est des nôtres..." donne d'ailleurs le ton d'un album qui connaîtra son pic émotionnel avec le titre "Viens boire un p'tit coup à la maison".

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Tue May 11 2021
5

Sad, dramatic, apocalyptic, superb, amazing, outstanding. A truly masterpiece

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Lovely piano work. Borrowed Tune is one of my favourite slow songs. World on a String is a romping rock stomper.

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Wed May 26 2021
5

There are no tears for Danny Whitten or Bruce Berry here, only a wised-up, hard-bitten rue. But there is some consolation amidst the loss, and it builds across the tuneful Mellow My Mind/Roll Another Number/Albuquerque heart of the record, which gave me a lifelong love of the pedal-steel guitar. I have listened to this record more than any other by a wide margin.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

An amazing album, one of Neil Young's best. Its sad and poignant and powerful, The title track is the highlight of course but there are other great songs too. 5 stars

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

While I’m a Neil Young fan, I had never listened to anything from this album, and was pleasantly surprised with the raw intensity of this album. Rock and blues, guitar and piano. Emotional lyrics. Will listen again.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

Bruce Berry was a working man. He used to load that Econoline van.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

Beautiful album. Neil Young sounds like he shouldn't be able to sing but it fits perfectly with the impeccable songwriting. Big fan of the harmonica parts and the more upbeat tracks.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

I’ve heard otherwise kind, generous people express their concerns about giving homeless folks money. What if they take it and buy alcohol or drugs instead of food? An easy solution, if that’s your problem, is to keep some packaged peanut butter crackers handy and give those out instead. Problem solved. Everyone’s happy. But I actually give money regardless, and I do it 'with' the understanding that maybe a little weed or booze might possibly be the most charitable act you could offer on that particular occasion, assisting someone to just make it through one very cold, lonely night after an unsuccessful job search. Yes, I’m fully aware that this is hardly a long-range sustainable strategy for turning one’s life around. But you also never really know what may come of one merciful deed, do you? Nor do you know what the result could potentially be by taking the tough stance, and refusing to be an enabler, even when it’s the seemingly appropriate time to do so. When Neil Young canned guitarist Danny Whitten, because of his continual abuse of heroin, I’m sure he felt as if he was doing the best thing for his friend. And in some instances, that works. On this occasion, however, Whitten went on to die of an overdose. That’s not Neil’s fault, but you can understand how one might feel in his place. That’s got to be a sucker punch to one’s emotional center. Then, a short while later, when roadie Bruce Berry also died of a heroin overdose… how much can one friend take? 'Tonight’s The Night' is the bitter fruit of these fallen seeds, an LP I’m sure Neil wished he never would have had to write and record. I’ve seen him in concert, playing most of his historic catalogue, and I don’t recall him performing one of the songs off this LP. He wrote in the early original vinyl liner notes: ‘I’m sorry. You don’t know these people. This means nothing to you.’ But, of course, he’s only partially correct. While we don’t know his two lost compadres, we are more than familiar with grief. And that’s really what 'Tonight’s The Night' is mostly about: the universal experience of loss, and the struggle through the aftermath of grief. Not too long ago I reviewed Soundgarden’s 'Superunknown,' a fundamentally bleak reaction to life’s more painful moments. Lead vocalist Chris Cornell wrestled with his own drug demons for years and eventually committed suicide by hanging. I hate that LP, despite the talented musicians that comprise Soundgarden, and the hard rock sound that I usually like. I hate it for the exact opposite reason that I love Neil Young’s 'Tonight’s The Night.' Not because Chris Cornell is any less moral than Neil Young, or because his life was any less difficult or painful. I love Neil Young and this particular LP because Neil, pain and grief notwithstanding, is a survivor. He’s an artist of tremendous courage, refusing to completely give up or in. Listen to his heartrending, raw-throated vocals on the title song: ‘When I... heard that he DIED out on the mainline.’ Listen to his intense cry for someone to make the pain stop on ‘Mellow My Mind,’ or his desperate plea on ‘Tired Eyes’ for folks like Danny and Bruce, headed the wrong way down the one-way path to ruin, to open up those eyes before the light in them is extinguished by death. Most other artists would have re-recorded or excised all three of those songs altogether from their LP because of the rough vocals and miscued instrumentals. But Neil just leaves it all in, because he’s so much more concerned about getting the mood of the song right, about offering something authentic, than getting a clean take void of emotion. There’s a good chance anyway that these songs might just be too personal for more than one take. Incidentally, this is one of the reasons I love classic punk rock so much, too. Passion over proficiency. And hey, if you can pull off both, even better. (‘New Mama’ contains passion along with pitch perfect, wonderfully balanced- ala CSNY- harmonies, and a rested, tender, beautiful vocal from Neil.) But, if I was forced to choose one or the other, then I’d choose passion every time. But back to my point regarding the contrast between 'Superunknown' and 'Tonight’s The Night'- there are two songs that standout on this LP that really cement my love for it: ‘Speakin’ Out’ and ‘Borrowed Tune,’ both important additions to understanding that within the grieving heart of Neil Young hope still beats. As he plays a piano part that would’ve made Fats Domino proud (and accompanied by Nils Lofgren’s super blues guitar solos) he sings to his wife, ‘I’m hoping for your love to carry me through. You’re holding my baby, and I’m holding you.’ A testimony to the healing power of love. But ‘Borrowed Tune,’ with just solo Neil on piano is maybe the best number on this whole thing. When he strikes the bottom chords on the third verse making the whole sound swell with richness, the song enters into its second half, and ultimately ends with the same verse it began with, but with one notable absence. The first verse begins with ‘I’m climbin’ this ladder, my head in the clouds. I hope that it matters. I’m havin’ my doubts.’ If you’ve never uttered this you’re probably too young yet to have experienced any significant loss (of a loved one, or a dream, or meaning, etc.) But on the last verse when he repeats this he ends simply on the ‘I hope that it matters’ lyric, and leaves out the ‘I’m havin’ my doubts.’ Is this still implied? Or, maybe, has Neil reconsidered. Maybe his doubts are now giving way to the greater strength of his hope? I like to think it’s the latter. Thank God for Ben Keith, whose pedal steel gave this entire LP that necessary and uniquely heart aching sound of the pedal steel. It’s THE instrument of sorrow, as opposed to the accordion, the instrument of joy. And thank God for Neil’s tried and true buddies from the rest of the Stray Gators, The Santa Monica Flyers, and as always, Crazy Horse. These three combos have always been Neil’s truest and purest and highest band mates, much more so than Crosby, Stills, and Nash (as wonderful as they are.) CSN belong together. Neil belongs elsewhere. Finally, what an interesting insertion of the LPs only live cut (something Neil often does on his albums): Danny Whitten sharing lead vocals on ‘Come on Baby, Let’s Go Downtown,’ a joyful, raucous song remembering better times, the good ol’ days of the late 60s. No coincidence, I’m certain, that this particular song was about going downtown to, specifically, buy some drugs! Well, everyone deals with grief in their own unique fashion. There is no right or wrong way. There’s just your way. And 'Tonight’s The Night' is Neil’s way.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
5

I knew we were going to listen to a lot of Neil Young in this project and, to be honest, I wasn't looking forward to it. I've never been a big fan of his voice and hadn't given him much of a chance (outside of CSN&Y). Today this pushed all the right buttons. This record is full of feelings and story and musicianship and I love it. Now I'm looking forward to hearing more.

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Fri Dec 18 2020
4

Álbum emocionalmente denso e bem diferente de Harvest. Destaque pra World on a String e Mellow my Mind

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Mon Sep 27 2021
3

Enjoyed this more the second time after reading up a on a bit of context. Certain songs 'hit harder', as the kids says. I'm now willing to give this a hefty promotion to a 3.5. I reckon there's probably a better Neil Young album out there, though.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

Neil Young is like horseradish. It can really make a dish if it's used right and played to its strengths, but far too often it's either diluted to being pointless or coming on faaaaaar too strong. But man, when it hits right.... it hits RIGHT.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

Не, без Хэй Хэй, Май Май вообще не катит. Хоть и понятная, но очень скучная вещь. И даже оставайся она такой и приятно играй на фоне, я бы принял. Вокальные партии к тому же порой относительно оригинальные. Но за несколько прослушиваний эти примитивные нецепляющие мотивы просто раздражать сильно стали. В итоге имею альбом, в котором ни один трек по уху не пришёлся, но несколько в ухо кольнули дилдаком. Тод в Тенях вроде бы высмеивал регулярное повторение в треках слова Tonight. Я тогда просто кекнул, но тут это пиздец какой-то. Я, конечно, понимаю, что альбом называется Tonight's The Night, но за 2 титульных трека, что длятся в общей сложности 9,5 мин, мы слышим название альбома 64 раза. Я ебал, сука, туна-айтс зе най-т тю-дю-тю-дю-дю, туна-айтс зе на-айт... Здесь даже рифмы нет! Фу блять, фу нахуй.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
1

Neil Old

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Thu Apr 21 2022
1

Hippy guff

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Solid, but not his best

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Mon Feb 22 2021
5

What's not to love?

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

Really great album

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Some classic Neil to start the week

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Sat Jun 26 2021
5

Loved every minute. Neil is the absolute man.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

Always good

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

great. listened 2x during the day. strong opener. will listen again.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
5

Dark as fuck. Love it. Best Tracks: Tonight's The Night, Albuquerque, Tired Eyes

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Sat Feb 20 2021
5

Excellent album!

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

Ist groß bleibt groß auch wenn es nicht zu einem schönen Sommertag passt. Ist das Problem des Sommertages und nicht des albums

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

tonight's A night

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Wed Jun 16 2021
5

Most excellent!

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Sat Aug 14 2021
5

Vraiemnt un bon album d’un bon artiste. 4.95

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Roll another one

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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

An amazing album, one of Neil Young's best. Its sad and poignant and powerful, The title track is the highlight of course but there are other great songs too. 5 stars

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Very reminiscent of the album Prairie Wind which came out in 2005.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

I'd heard of Neil Young, but my only real knowledge of him was that he's referenced in Sweet Home Alabama. With that being said, I adored this album! I was actually disappointed with how short it was! Enough that I'd happily buy this on vinyl. The last album that did that for me on this generator was the Bongo Band, that was a 5/5 so... A 5/5 for me.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

New favourite album so far 🥰 (Dec 5th 21)

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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

cassic neil young

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

Great...

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Sempre essencial

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Classic, great grooving

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Wed Jun 15 2022
5

Remek djelo

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

I don’t know why, but this is such a good album.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Be even better if he could sing!

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Country skotin snilld, næstum 5*

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

Took a while for this album to click for me, but now it’s one of my favorite Neil Young records. The beginning of Neil doing whatever the fuck he wants at all times.

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Fri Oct 30 2020
4

In the 70s NY was on fire

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Pleasant even if it is an album about grief. As you'd expect from Mr. Young, a good blend of folk, blues, and outright rock n' roll. Can't say I'm a huge Neil Young fan, but I do enjoy his work quite a bit. Favorite tracks: "World on a String", "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown", "Albuquerque"

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Fri Dec 18 2020
4

Rock, blues, sofrido e lindo

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

Very good

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Das ist mein zweites Album von Neil Young, und hier habe ich direkt das titelgebende erste Lied als eines aus dem Theaterstück erkannt - das war dann auch das Lied, was mir am besten gefallen hat.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

I too love that econoline van

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Way better than the other Neil Young Album.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Good one

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

I do have a soft spot for Neil Young, although I imagine his cracked wobbly voice is an acquired taste. Fave track - "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown" is a stormer, but also have a lot of love for "Roll Another Number (For The Road)", "Tired Eyes", and "Tonight's The Night"!

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

This guy- no line towing in sight, always doing his own thing and not giving a shit. Very enjoyable

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

Raw, weird, and good. Cool story about the recording too - they didn’t really let the band that recorded with him practice the songs too much, so none of them really knew them that well. Also didn’t know that the lyrics in Passenger Side from Wilco were making a reference to a song from this album.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

4/5

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Takiego Younga jeszcze nie znalem, album o wiele surowszy niz harvest czy everybody know this is no where, a potem wikiuje i podobno wiekszosc nagrana zostala podczas jednej sesji, caly material siedzial ponad 2 lata w szafie, albumik ktorego trzeba przesluchac w calosci od poczatku do konca, cos jak w przypadku dylanowych albumikow, nie tylko przez harmonijke ktora sie pojawia na kilku trackach, bo to wlasnie z dylanowa krwia na torach sie mi kojarzy ten albumik, oba sa przepelnione smutkiem, tutaj smutek po stracie przyjaciol, ktorzy przedobrzyli z niebezpiecznymi substancjami, album swietnie oddaje bol po stracie, na plejke leci tytulowy tonight is the night oraz mellow my mind

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Pretty enjoyable listen- I was happy to hear some familiar songs. Tonight's the Night Part II is a great jam.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Not going to lie. Expected to poo poo on this one. I NEED to be in a NY mood and I was NOT yesterday. Surprisingly, this was beyond expectations and actually PUT me in a Neil Young mood. I am a lyrics guy, stripped that from my normal listening routine and really enjoyed this one.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Klasse Album, ausreichend abgespacet aber gut hörbar!

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

Borrowed Tune - a highlight. Listen to the album again.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

excellent, not my favorite neil but probably top 3

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

not bad

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Not my favorite Young album by a long shot, but still a fantastic collection of blues-rock tracks! The title track is incredible!

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Great album

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

It's Neil Young, so of course it's good. Not his best, but still pretty good. But if you've heard Unplugged, then this version of World on a String is disappointing. New Mama is great, not heard that before.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

mega fajny álbum, super klimacik bardzo mi się podobał, co prawda bardzo prosty ale to właśnie sprawia ze super lekko się tego słucha

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Wed May 19 2021
4

camping music

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Sat May 29 2021
4

I don't think I had heard any of these songs from him before - really enjoyed the more bluesy sound

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

More like Neil old

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Fri May 28 2021
4

pretty good! predictably, the songs with the most plays were my favorites.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Aika raaan ja rosoisen kuuloista matskua. Toisaalta Neilin ääni kuulostaa ärsyttävältä, mutta sitten taas persoonalliselta ja kärsivältä. Tämäkin levy on sellaista tunnelmakamaa. Mieleen jäi tonights the night ja mellow my mind

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Not a big fan but It is a good album.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

Another good Neil Young album. 7-8/10

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

A songwriter with a questionable voice. He sounds…old on some of the upper register stuff Speakin’ Out was more country than I realized Neil Young can be. Albuquerque is fantastic.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

I hadn't heard most of this album before. Neil Young's vocals are always a little grating, but he mostly makes it work for me.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

I'm usually not a big Neil Young fan, I don't care for his voice, but I liked this

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

i'll probably always think neil young is boring, but nothing against him!

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

It was OK.

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

Very groovy. Good background music for sure

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

It’s probably good. I’m just getting sick of his voice

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Great Artist…. Love his music

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Neil's done done it again!

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

First ever listen. Definitely back for more.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

I legitimately love whenever the singer for a band is low key kind of shite cause it's like they're saying "fuck you, even if I can't hit all the notes this is the music that's in my heart and I'm going to sing it anyway"

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

This album has all the elements you would expect from a Neil Young album, great songwriting, great instrumentals especially guitar, but the singing on this one is rough.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Exquisite use of the harmonica.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Puhas klassikaline rock'n'roll.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

I actually really enjoyed this album. I went in with pretty low expectations, but I came out pleasantly surprised. Each song tends to have roughly the same feel, but that's not necessarily a bad thing as that energy is the kind where it makes you want to spend some quiet time with friends around a camp fire. Musically, I think the only complaints I have are that his voice is rough around the edges and that the higher-energy songs are not as enjoyable. Favorite track: Borrowed Tune

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

I didn’t have much of a chance to listen to this, as I was driving to Ottawa yesterday and my co-judge and I listened to Rolling Stone Magazines top albums of 2021. Like Ragged Glory this LP has a raw, messy, one-take feel. I prefer the less electric bluesy tracks – Neil plays a pretty good piano in Speaking Out. Knowing that the album is about the recent deaths of his bandmate/roadie makes his off-key singing sound more painful.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

This was one of the three Neil LPs I had aside from compilations and live albums. That's not a lot of his stuff and  it's hard to imagine how this got on my short list and into my collection but I'm glad it did.   It's a fringe album and there were no hits really. I think the title track is the best known and that song was not the attraction for me. It shows a special side of Neil.  My favorite songs  are: 1. C'mon Baby . . .,  Good ole rock n roll. 2. Roll Another Number, - Lyrics like "I long to hear that lonesome hippie smile" really talk to me. 3. Lookout Joe 4. Tired Eyes. Best song on the album. This song defines singing from the heart. "Open up your tired eyes" means: Stop being dead. Merry Fucking Christmas. Given the significance of the mirror in Tommy, our recent listen to that album has got me to start a playlist with songs that refer to mirrors. Artists  use the mirror to deliver very powerful messages. Tired Eyes will be the contribution from this album. ("What do you mean he had bullet holes in his mirror?"). I am a little worried that it will be a depressing playlist but I will see how it goes. 

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

hna er for vild

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

Is it possible I have too many records? (No.) Because I'd forgotten that I have this album and I'd forgotten how bloody good, relentless and depressing it is!

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

This will fly in the face of the last Neil Young review I did where I think I said something to the effect that NY should be a one-man show - guitar, harmonica, and vocal. But, turns out I really like this album. It's got a bluesy rock vibe that I dig. Well done, sir.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

I keep thinking I can't stand Neil Young's voice, and he keeps making things that transcend that voice and make it so I really don't care. It's some kind of sorcery. This whole thing threatened to break my heart, and that was even before I read up on the background/inspirations for the album. Borrowed Tune is one of the most poignant songs I've ever heard.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Old shakey moves away from his crisp harvest sound to a more punky style. I prefer his more melodious stuff but this still rocks.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

Good stuff. One song had a bit of a rougher than usual voice. My style

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

Neil Young is a loser

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

Frábær plata!

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

A great album.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

Not my favorite neil

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

classic sound, overall good

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

This one was a new one for me. I enjoyed much of the lead guitar playing. Neil Young has a very distinct lead style that incorporates blues and jazz motifs with unusual rhythms. Some songs here miss the mark while others show Neil Young pushing himself into new territory.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

You couldn’t say that I have been much of a Neil Young fan. I’ve liked some of his music, but was never completely into his style. As the first few songs rolled out I was lukewarm. This listen has left me appreciating Neil Young’s delivery a lot more. There’s a lot of compelling emotion in how he delivers a song. The backing bands are fantastic. I really like the country-tinged songs “Roll Another Number (For The Road)” and “Albuquerque.” Other favorites were “Tonight’s the Night,” “World On A String,” “Come On Baby Let’s Go Downtown” and “Lookout Joe.” “Tonight’s The Night” has increased my appreciation of Neil Young.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Solid Neil album. A few classic songs.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Digging through the ditch can have a effect on somebody, especially when that person has experienced trauma whilst flying close to the sun. It isn't pretty. That was probably intentional. One can come out of it only one way, not the way that can be associated with clarity and optimism. That way can only be relentlessly bleak weariness. Many artists have looked towards this ditch and can gleam various things to attach to their art, but they don't go in; there's no reason to. Only one had done the work for them, they just need to learn. Favorites: Tonight's the Night (Pt. 1 & 2), Borrowed Tune, Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown, Mellow Mind, Roll Another Number (For the Road), Tired Eyes.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Neil Young in his darkest of times. Coping with the lost of his bandmate and roadie from separate heroin overdoses, he writes in his linear notes, "I'm sorry. You don't know these people. This means nothing to you." The world is bleak, and he sounds full of regret and disgust with where his life has taken him. Songs like "Lookout Joe" and "Roll Another Number" simultaneously display a display yet resent for his past, particularly due to the political turmoil of the Vietnamese War. In "Albuquerque," Young screws everything and just drives. He says he has a destination in mind, but the other verses feel like he's just trying to get away from it all. Hell, the title track is Young grieving over one of them, unable to think much further beyond the repeated title line. The songs are really solemn. It's mostly country rock, but you don't get that vibe going in. 4 of the first 5 tracks are hard and bluesy. Oddly enough, "Borrowed Tune" (a desperate ballad) is sandwiched between the two hardest tracks on the album. He quickly loses that style in "Mellow My Mind," only reclaiming that with "Lookout Joe." Young has always been controversial for his voice. There's many who adore and many who despise it. I'm one of the former, and his voice suits these songs especially well. You can hear the anguish in his voice, it hurts in some areas. Most heartbreaking in "Tired Eyes." I'm a fan of all the songs. It's one of those where you have to pay attention to the lyrics to appreciate it more, not just for their own sake, but also because they reinforce some melodies that may otherwise be perceived as uninspired. In the weaker tracks, I can find elements to relish, such as the CSNY-esque harmonious vocals of "New Mama." The track ordering is fine. I'd probably just move "Borrowed Tune" down. Favorites: Tonight's the Night, Speaking Out, Mellow My Mind, Tired Eyes

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Mon May 23 2022
4

Really loved this. It's got such a warm, analogue feel to it. I had no idea this album even existed. The Wiki page description about the circumstances surrounding the album match up perfectly with the music. I would probably give this a 5 if I was overly familiar with it. Four stars will do now for. I've just bought a copy on CD and so we'll see over the coming months.

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Sat Jun 25 2022
4

I enjoyed this album. Not all of the songs drew me in, but I can see where they might grow on me after listening a few times. Favorite songs: World on a String, Come on Baby Let's Go Downtown, and Roll Another Number.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

had to switch to youtube to listen to this album. started listening to this thinking it would be some overrated piece only there because it had the name neil young to it. but surprisingly i couldnt keep noticing the great songwriting

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Neil Young ...so many revere him, so many can't stand him. I don't think it's necessarily an either/or, and I tend to straddle the line a lot with him. I like him ok but would never call myself a fan; dad had a few of his old records I listened to as a kid so there's some nostalgia involved. But this one I don't know much about at all so I was kind of pleased to hear it... ...this one is raw. I wouldn't think I'd like something like this; often sounds like they just threw two mics in a room, didn't worry about levels or compression, and just went for it... but man it seems perfect especially on the title track which is great. It ends up being my favourite cut on the album (although "Borrowed Time" is also outstanding) but I have to say I like this. nothing groundbreaking - it doesn't have the same soft emotional touch of something like After The Gold Rush...it's raw and more basic and drives harder. I feel like if this were recorded today it would have been massively overproduced and ruin the vibe. Aggressive and more in your face than previous Neil records I've heard. I gave this a second spin and liked it even more, this might be my fave of his. (specific mention for the very cool solo by Nils Lofgren on "Speakin Out") 8/10 4 stars.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Enjoyed this one of NY’s better albums.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

I almost always enjoy Neil Young, but other than "old" vs "new," I can't say I can tell much apart between them. Maybe spending more time with Neil would help. This was a pleasant listen.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Wow, how is it that I've never before listened to this album, and really haven't heard much from it? Raw, emotional, intense, rough-around-the-edges, and ultimately beautiful. While I appreciate Neil's integrity, it's too bad you can't listen to this on Spotify, otherwise I would put this on repeat for the day. 4 stars.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Neil sounds terrible, and it hits the spot. I dunno, this supposed trilogy is just really getting me so far. To put it in slightly less personal terms, this is the kind of set the Piano Man's playing before Joel swoops in and polishes it up. And I like that song, too.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Niel Young never came off as inauthentic, which is more than you can say for some other 1970s acts.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

4/5 Great album. Good combo of folk / country / story-telling / jam that really fits well in that space.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Spotify doesn’t have it. Didn’t get a chance to…

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

This was probably good it's been a while

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Earthy, raw, haggard sound. The album starts out shaky, but just gets progressively better as you go, until it's pretty damn excellent. The hurt underpinning these songs is palpable, to the point where it feels almost intrusive listening to it. But wow, what a journey. I feel like I've learned a lot about Neil Young listening to this album. Fave Songs: Albuquerque, Tired Eyes, Lookout Joe, Roll Another Number (For the Road), New Mama, Come on Baby Let's Go Downtown, Tonight's the Night

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Unmistakable voice

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Cheers to Neil for making an album I enjoy. Didn't think that was possible. His vocal performance conveys the trauma he's dealing with really well. I'd absolutely listen to this regularly, or at least when I'm working through my own stuff. This gives me hope I'll find other albums of his to enjoy. Much better than whatever other album of his I listened to.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

A lot more bluesy than his other live albums

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Ol grumpy NY. Not on Spotify but I own this one. Always feels a bit drunken. It was written following the death of 2 band members that died through drug overdoses. It feels much more darker than the brightness of Harvest. A solid affair with gravitas. 4

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

So far my favorite Neil Young album on this list.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

I didn't know this album, so sad but so honest and coherent

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

not his best but good

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

This might be my favorite Neil Young I’ve heard. It’s simple and artistic. I don’t always love his voice but it worked for me on this album. Borrowed Tune especially stood out to me.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

Listen, not every track is winner, but there's some good shit here. Best track: Lookout Joe

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Unfortunately unavailable on Spotify for me... Had to listen on YouTube which is a pity. I've not had opportunity to listen to much Neil Young beside a stray song here or there. I like the more rocky and less country songs on this album. Fav tracks: World on a String, Come on Baby Let's Go Downtown, Albuquerque, Lookout Joe, Tired Eyes

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

Borrowed Tune, Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown, Mellow My Mind, Albuquerque, New Mama, Tired Eyes... This is a collection of beautiful songs by one of my favourite singer/songwriter ever. The only thing that prevent me of giving it 5 stars is that this is album is not in my top 5 Neil Young. But this is surely a great one.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

Great and smooth album from the young Neil. Not one of my favorites from the guy, but still very enjoyable!

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

Another great album from Neil, kinda underrated if you ask me. But maybe not since it's included here. Albuquerque, Mellow My Mind and Tired Eyes are my favorite songs on this, they're all really touching, but I also like the rawness of the more rock songs. So yeah, great album.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

Neil Young is amazing, and this is classic album that shows it.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

I loved this album, it was emotional and bluesy. Annoying its not on spotify so cant add to any playlists... but really enjoyed this ablum!

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

Not on Spotify. But I liked what other songs he had available.

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Sat Dec 03 2022
4

Ok

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Thu Dec 03 2020
3

Love Neil Young, album is ok but not my fav

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Meh

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

I understand why people like Neil Young, but I don't particularly enjoy him, and listening to a full album of his music is a bit of a chore for me. There are certainly some things to like about this album, but, but, but 3/5

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Eh…

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

Det ikke helt dumt, men også bare lidt 70'er

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Too country for me

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

I think it’ll take multiple listens to get into it. I WANT to like it.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
3

Solid album.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

I'm cool with Neil Young, not a massive fan. This was fine, but nothing that really got me going

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Pleasant listening but nothing really stood out to me

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

A compelling Neil Young album; he's even able to pull off using "Albuquerque" in a lyric. The emotion is strong, and the lyrics are interesting, but the melodies/music don't have me wanting to come back too often.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
3

3

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Tue Mar 16 2021
3

Semibängeri Helt skön country/rock typ.

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Fri May 21 2021
3

This is a sad Neil :( Its good though. 3.5

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

Didnt really liked it that much it has spirit but musically I dont see much

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Un disco a ratos melancólico, a ratos como esperanzador. Hay varias canciones que me dieron igual, pero otras me envolvieron en una atmósfera muy gringa (?). Siento que Cat Power haría buenos covers de algunas de estas canciones. Mi favorita, por la armónica y la tristeza expresada: "Borrowed Tune". 7/10

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

6/10 Paso sin pena ni gloria jiji

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Some pretty rad guitar on the solo for Speakin' Out. Roll Another Number (For The Road) is great. New Mama has a cool ending. Solid Neil Young album, but I'm not huge on him. Would say I liked it better than Harvest.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
3

He's done better

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Me gustaron bastante las guitarras a lo largo del album, sobre todo en "Come on baby let's go Downtown" (Quizás guarde en mi playlist de canciones viejitas), lamentablemente las guitarras aunque son muy emocionantes en algunas canciones se lucen relativamente pocas veces en proporción a la extensión del disco. No obstante, el resto del disco en general no me llama mucho a regresar. 6/10

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Not especially memorable, guy has a weird voice and it sits strangely between country and folk for me but I guess I didn't dislike hearing it.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Soothing/reflective

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Liked this but it is exactly the sort of thing I listen to. Country based roots folk music done really bloody well. Songs tell a story. Guitar hooks are great. If your not a fan of this Genre however, eI don't think you'll find too much special about it and it doesn't stand out hugely from quite a crowded field. but it is decent... and gets better throughout the album. Lookout Joe is probably my fave track and expect it'll be Bjorns too! 3/5 Just not special enough for a 4 or a 5.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Enjoyable listen. The music was good but not sure about his voice tbf

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Fri May 21 2021
3

I wasn’t familiar with this Neil Young album, but it is familiar - Young’s breaking vocals, twangy guitar, harmonica and piano. Good folksy rock, and interesting album history on Wikipedia.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Some good tunes on here with a mix of folk and country rock. Beginning to a feel a little saturated by all the Neil Young, but there are worse artists to be listening to loads of.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Not my fave Neil Young material, but still a good listen.

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Sat Jun 26 2021
3

Gotta love Neil on the Harmonica. His vocals are particularly abrasive on some of these tracks though. Not my favourite NY Album. *Lookout Joe & Come on Baby let go Downtown

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Tue Apr 20 2021
3

Deece

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

He's an amazing songwriter with a terrible voice, who at times seems to relish deliberately making his voice sound worse. Not sure what to do with that, but his song writing always wins me over in the end.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

Speaking of the kneeling young; the youngest girl I ever got a blow job from passed away this week. I used to babysit for her and her older sister back in the early 2000s. Polite, pretty girl, couldn't hold a mouthful of cum to save her life though.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Was okay, not really my thing tho.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
3

Nice decent, easy listening, no bangers though.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
3

Decent rock album, his voice has never been my style.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Better than the last Neil album we had but still a pretty hard listen.

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Fri May 21 2021
3

More my speed than I think I expected but can really only imagine myself appreciating this one again at a bonfire or otherwise low key setting in which I'm not the one controlling the tunes but can nod and say "Oh I like this one" when Tonight's the Night comes on.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

Not a classic by any stretch. Would still rather listen to 45 minute of this, than not.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Not for me but good

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Sat Jun 19 2021
3

Theres an old saying in my house, if you dont know who sings a song, its probably Neil Diamond. I finished writing that and realised this is a different person. The music was good, Id give it a 3 but i resonated with it a little bit more than other ones ive deemed 3/5 so real rating 3.5/5

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Liked it a lot more than I thought I would. 1st half of the album was mellow fun. Roll Another Number Good too.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

i have to listen to it again but i think harvest is better

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Sun Jul 11 2021
3

Could be better

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Song with ‘mama’ in it was good. Thought about dad.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

Good old Neil! As a Canadian, I'm bias, but the dude gets it across! I know people quibble with his voice, but it's really just a few notes that sound a bit whiny.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

This was a strange listening experience. Clearly cathartic for Neil to write and perform these songs, but they weren't very interesting for me. Especially given the fact that his voice is objectively terrible. Not sure why he attempts to hit some of the notes he goes for. Despite this, I find myself thinking about some of the songs long after I've heard them. Can't really articulate why. Summary: objectively bad, subjectively good.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

5-Sterne-Song: „Borrowed Tune“.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

Vom ersten Ton an intimste Live Atmo eines Blues-Kellers in Coesfeld. Verfängt, verführt, verzerrt. Als Genre-Abbild kann die Aufnahme alle Sehnen sehnsüchtelnder Sehnsucht über- und herbeisehnen („Borrowed Tune“, „Albuquerque“), bleibt aber in seinem innersten grob geschnittene & selbst für Neil teils sehr schräg zusammen gesungene Ware. Ein heterogener Klafter handmade white man‘s Soul, das wohl auch die Verarbeitung der (Heroin-) Tode zweier Freunde dazu geführt hat, so rau zusammengezimmert sein zu müssen. Splitterfaserige 2.6

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Didn't love it. Didn't hate it.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
3

3.5

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Uncomfortably dark. The band did extremely well to hook into the mood.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

Pretty solid. Not my favorite Neil Young but a good album nonetheless.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Enjoyed the sound, but There is stuff I like better by Neil young,

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Honestly, I’m surprised this album wasn’t more on my radar. Feels like it should be firmly in the classic rock rotation.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Just very Neil Young. Neutral like a plain cracker.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
3

Enjoyed the music and particularly the guitar. As always, Neil Young's vocals are not the bright spot.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
3

Like Jack says, this album is all about the context....they recorded it in one day which gets a star for efficiency if nothing else. I don't really like the harmonica as an instrument that much so it gets knocked down a bit for that

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Fri Oct 01 2021
3

I wasn't familiar with this. From this time period I appreciate After the Gold Rush and Harvest more than this.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
3

Rock folk

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