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Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

1969

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Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

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3.51

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5

Neil Young's second solo album, released only four months after his first, was nearly a total rejection of that polished effort. Though a couple of songs, "Round Round (It Won't Be Long)" and "The Losing End (When You're On)," shared that album's country-folk style, they were altogether livelier and more assured. The difference was that, while Neil Young was a solo effort, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere marked the beginning of Young's recording association with Crazy Horse, the trio of Danny Whitten (guitar), Ralph Molina (drums), and Billy Talbot (bass) that Young had drawn from the struggling local Los Angeles group the Rockets. With them, Young quickly cut a set of loose, guitar-heavy rock songs -- "Cinnamon Girl," "Down by the River," and "Cowgirl in the Sand" -- that redefined him as a rock & roll artist. The songs were deliberately underwritten and sketchy as compositions, their lyrics more suggestive than complete, but that made them useful as frames on which to hang the extended improvisations ("River" and "Cowgirl" were each in the nine-to-ten-minute range) Young played with Crazy Horse and to reflect the ominous tone of his singing. Young lowered his voice from the near-falsetto employed on his debut to a more expressive range, and he sang with greater confidence, accompanied by Whitten and, on "Round Round," by Robin Lane. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere was breathtakingly different when it appeared in May 1969, both for Young and for rock in general, and it reversed his commercial fortunes, becoming a moderate hit. (Young's joining Crosby, Stills & Nash the month after its release didn't hurt his profile, of course.) A year and a half after its release, it became a gold album, and it has since gone platinum. And it set a musical pattern Young and his many musical descendants have followed ever since; almost 30 years later, he was still playing this sort of music with Crazy Horse, and a lot of contemporary bands were playing music clearly influenced by it.

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Neil Young is easily the most overrated artist on this whole list. He's an awful singer, a boring musician, and a mediocre songwriter at best. This is some of the most vanilla, cardboard cutout, middle-of-the-road music I've ever heard. It was on track to get a bland 3 stars from me but somewhere around the middle of the album, someone started committing warcrimes with what I think was a fiddle. Hard to tell. All I know is that the atonal screeching most certainly violated the Geneva convention and should have landed Mr. young in jail for crimes against humanity. Two stars is generous.

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5

DAOWN BY DA RIVURRRRRR AH SHAT MAH BAYBEEEEEEE

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5

Classic. Neil knocked it out of the park with his new, grungy rock sound, and managed to balance it out with a good selection of his well established country folk sound as well. With not a single point feeling waisted here, this made for an exceptional start to what would be exceptional run of albums. Favorites: Cinnamon Girl, Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere, Down by the River, Cowgirl in the Sand

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Fckn can't stand Neil Young

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The songs here are generally simple and pleasant. Mostly basic stuff though. I found youngs voice to be a bit ‘take it or leave it’. Some of the songs don’t really seem to ‘go anywhere’. Nevertheless this album was enjoyable and exceeded my initial expectations. Generally the longer tracks were nice and crazy horse provides some enjoyable, but not outstanding, instrumentation. Overall I think the last track ‘cowgirl in the sand’ was the best of both young and crazy horse on this album. Overall I feel three stars is appropriate. This is a good album, but I could live without it (as I might have to thanks to that fuss with Spotify!)

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I've passionately hated every Neil young album that this list has given me, except for this one. i only hate half of it. the tracks with electric guitar are pretty good, but then you have to sift past all of the whiny country stuff thats just background music for red dead redemption.

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5

It’s Neil Young and Crazy Horse. What the fuck am I gonna say? 10/10

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5

Probably my favorite of the three I’ve heard so far

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Classic young, but fun

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Great album

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5

classic, still can't get enough of this record - sent me into a Neil spiral

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5

A classic.

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5

One of my all-time favorite records. I'd go 4.5/5 if I could, but this deserves more than 4.

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neil young is my spirit animal

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Excelentes músicas, consigo me ver ouvindo de vez em quando, quando estiver cansado de ouvir as mesmas coisas. Melhores: Cinnamon Girl, Down by the River e Cowgirl in the Sand. Pior: Round & Round.

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5

A classic. Possibly a little bit underrated despite having four of his absolute best songs.

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5

Neil Fucking Young. Nuff said.

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Behagelig rock

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fire

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5

One of my favorite Neil Young albums. Ragged perfection.

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Saved Prior: None Not Saved: 7. Round & Round Cutting Edge: 6. Running Dry 5. Cinnamon Girl Saved: 4. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere 3. The Losing End 2. Cowgirl in the Sand 1. Down by the River Overall Notes: Don't usually listen to much of this country/rock stuff, so didn't expect to like this at all. A 4.5 that I rounded up for because of how much it blew my expectations out of the water. Good vibes and fun instrumentals. I'm excited to hear more from this up and comer 'Neil Young'.

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Nice album.

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5

Yup. This would make it onto a list half as long

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Neil Young is in the camp of Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, NIN, and Prince.

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This is the album that established both Neil Young and backing band Crazy Horse as forces to reckon with.

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Love it

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5

Una joya, que excelente disco

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5

Though it’s only a few songs, this album takes its time to properly build each song without overstaying its welcome. One of my favorite things is Neil Young’s strange lead guitar lines and solos. He uses interesting rhythms and accidentals in his playing that give his solos a frantic yet earnest feeling that really suits this music.

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5

Classic Neil! Love this album!

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5

Flows beautifully, great songs

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Neil Young is a legend. Great Folk album

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wonderful album, love it

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Classic

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I MEANNN. This is not my first time listening to this album. It is solid and it is fairly hype but not TOO hype because Young has a pretty chill voice. Good guitar and background music.

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5

Great blend of folk, country, and rock. Young's vocals are not the greatest, but they have character and work well within the vocal harmonies. The excellent guitar work, supported by a strong rhythm section, really draws you in and makes this album a pleasant experience overall.

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5

A 5-star album, easily: it is one of these absolute classic albums on the list and one of these timeless albums that stay good no matter how many times you listen to it. Very influential, but most of all: great songs. Of course, the two 10-minute songs stand out but the other songs are very strong too (except for Round & Round even though it still fits).

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5

Hello again, Neil. I already said what I had to say about you.

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Classic

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Five stars right up until the fucking fiddle started on Running Dry goddamn it Neil why you gotta do me like that. Loved the guitar playing on Down by the River. Nah giving it five stars anyway

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Primeiro.

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Love this album. Great sound and alot of great songs in here.

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Really fun to listen to while working! Never listened to Neil Young but this forced me to check out more and it’s great!

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Amazing

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Jean in a convertible at main gate lol

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Love the crazy horse sound. Young at his best

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Fantastic record start to finish. Solid tracks like Cinnamon Girl, Cowgirl, and River with lots of airplay, and don't sleep on the groovy title track. Obligatory diss to JR for his bs that has Neil pulling his music from Spotify . . .

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5

The best Neil Young album on this list so far. Great variety of its songs, wildly ahead of its time in some parts.

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I listed to Neil Young’s self titled debut before this, and like, I really like Neil Young’s music, but sometimes the way he sings deadass sounds like Carl Wheezer still I really liked both the debut album and this one this album does have some songs I didn’t really like but the grand majority of the album slaps and I think it makes up for a mediocre song here and there overall 9/10, a classic in folk/rock history

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5

When you compare this LP to Harvest or After the Gold Rush you can see the transformation of Neil Young's sound when he played with Crazy Horse. The production is sludgy and the playing is loose, more like a live recording. I like it when they say that many "long-time concert favourites" came from an album. These tracks usually weren't released as singles and the only way to determine that they drove album sales was to go and witness the live audience reaction after the first few notes. In this case we have Down by the River & Cowgirl in the Sand that fit that definition, not to mention Cinnamon Girl, but that was a single and not 10 minutes long. Fortunately for us, due to CanCon, we heard these songs more on the radio than the rest of the world.

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Cinnamon Girl, Down by the River and Cowgirl are three monster songs and are so good that the rest of the tracks could be Justin Bieber songs and the LP would still get a 5.  Now I'll digress: In 1985 I saw Neil during the Canadian National Exhibition. He was touring in support of his Old Ways LP, a country album that nobody bought. He had a 500 lb fiddler who easily bowed his weight and lit up the country songs. As soon as we heard the opening chords to  Down by the River, my buddy Rick (RIP) and I immediately thought the same thing: What on earth is the 500 lb fiddler going to do during this song? We quickly concluded the best bet was that he would  skip out to the CNE's Food Building; after all he had a good 15 minutes.  But nooooo. He stayed on stage  and bowed something that wasn't too interruptive while the rest of the boys kicked it hard. 

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classic

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5

Just a top notch album. Helps that it has my fav song by Neil ... "Down by the River". A classic in all ways. A-

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Don’t like round and round I get lost in down by the river. Great riff.

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4

Good Album. Solid

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4

very good folk record

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4

I thought some of the songs would drag on but they didn't. Nice musicianship.

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4

Hard to give a genius like Neil Young anything lower than a 4.

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Excelente. Solos de guitarra e vocais memoráveis. Ouvir novamente. Destaque para Down by the River e Cowgirl in the Sand

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Excelente. Solos de guitarra e vocais memoráveis. Ouvir novamente. Destaque para Down by the River e Cowgirl in the Sand

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interesting

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4

Neil Young really puttin in some work

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4

A couple of classics on there. Most of it I really liked. Some of the lyrics I wasn't super keen on and it felt like it dragged on a bit on the longer songs -- I'm not a huge fan of +5 minute songs, so 9 and 10 minute songs lose their appeal to me.

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3.8

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Liiite dansbandsvarningar här och där, men överlag jättemysig och bra. Gitarrsolona är otroligt nog det som höjer betyget.

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4

A short album, but packed full of classics. Neil always has great lyrics and the music to back it.

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solid stuff from Neil - C

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4

Good album. The longer songs were more interesting to me. When Neil lets the guitar go, I get happy.

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Through and through pretty great.

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4

Fine album. Sounds like Neil Young

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This is a fantastic album by Neil Young! I hadn't listened to it and glad I did. Great songwriting, singing and guitar!

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Rockin guitar, bluesy guitar, steel guitar, country guitar, my kind of musico. Loved most of the songs, not a perfect 5 stars because the slower songs disappointed a bit. Can feel the Pearl Jam influences here. Love track 2, never knew it was Neil Young!

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Good stuff

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I really like folksy Neil Young. All around felt like a solid album, but the jams in songs like Down by the River and Cowgirl in the Sand were the standouts for me!

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I'm a big fan of Neil Young. Pretty cool folk, country and rock mix. Relaxing vibes.

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I like Neil Young.

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Really good. First 4 star award. Down by the River and Cowgirl in the Sand worth the 4 stars.

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Solid Neil Young music for people who like Neil Young.

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Le pongo un 4 porque me gusta Neil Young. Pero el disco no me ha encantado.

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fav tracks: cinnamon girl, down by the river, cowgirl in the sand

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Neil Young: auch mal wieder so ne unerledigte Hausaufgabe, vor der ich angesichts ihrer schieren Größe und Unübersichtlichkeit immer zurückschrecke - sehr viel kenne ich von ihm gar nicht, und wo soll man halt auch anfangen? Also einfach mal mitten rein mit der erstbesten Empfehlung hier. Gefällt mir deutlich besser als erwartet, fühlt sich richtig gut an: die oft spärliche aber eigentlich immer genau richtige Instrumentierung, die Harmonien, der blubbernde Bass - und auch sein Gesang, den ich deutlich kraftvoller empfinde als das erinnerte eher dünne Fisteln (my bad!). Wohldosierter Countrysound (gern genommen: The Losing End), bluesig, nicht zu folkig (Running Dry noch am ehesten), ziemlich mit sich im Reinen - so mäandert , slidet und hallt das vor sich hin, und mit Cowgirl in the Sand kenn ich ja am Ende sogar doch einen Song! Tja und am Ende, ich bin selbst überrascht, jammen der junge Neil und Crazy Horse sich sogar über die vorher vermutete Grenze einer 3 hinaus - 3,8 darf es für diese schöne Entdeckung gern geben!

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Always been into Neil. This was no "Harvest" or "After the Gold Rush," which I imagine we'll see on this list, but it still has some great Neil Young tracks on here. I only knew "Cinnamon Girl" coming into it, but that was a great demonstration of what Crazy Horse contributes to a Neil Young album. I love his folksy singer-songwriter vibe, but having Crazy Horse swoop in and add some crunch and texture to his songs really gives him some more depth and range. "Running Dry" and "Cowgirl in the Sand," were my other two standouts. Really loved the old-timey fiddle/violin on "Running Dry." I was feeling very, on the old dusty trail, with that one. Excited to see some more Neil, or a little CSNY later on this list.

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4/5

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Jeez there are a lot of albums from 1969. Luckily this is a goodun. Neil manages to avoid his annoying squeaky traits and just writes solid folk rock songs. Cinnamon girl and down by the river are stone cold classics too. 4/5

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Think I might have found my new favourite Neil Young album.

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Kijk! Er zit nog iets tussen wat me nog wel positief kan verrassen ;-) De bekende nummers van dit album zijn tof, maar de rest ook! Goed album! En van de hele rits Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young en aanverwante soloalbums die al in veelvoud zijn langskomen is dit tot nu toe wel mijn favoriet!

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Geweldige plaat en te gekke songs. Ben groot fan van Neil Young en vond Harvest en After The Gold Rush al geweldig. Deze komt daar dus zeker bij

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Weer Neil Young, maar gelukkig wel echt een mooi plaatje!

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Ja, een van eerste Neil albums en nog steeds even goed om weer te horen.

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Classic

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Aangename muziek, de lange nummers steken met kop en schouders boven de andere uit, mooi qua opbouw

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Was very very surprised by this. I don't really like country, but I do like rock, and this was a great fusion of the two. The choruses were pretty phenomenal Saved: Cinnamon Girl, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Running Dry (Requiem for the Rockets)

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Didn't realise I liked Neil Young as much as I have enjoyed the last two albums of his we have listened too so far

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4

Really enjoyable listen

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4

Top album

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4

Really enjoyed this despite personal feeling towards Neil haha. Cowgirl In the Sand is a great closer. Underrated amongst Neil songs.

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I like Neil Young. I have his "Harvest" and "Harvest Moon" albums. I think I like at least something from every one of Neil Young's colaborations, but I couldn't tell you when a song is from Neil Young & Crazy Horse, or when it's just a Neil Young song. "Cinnamon Girl" and "Down by the River" were the familiar tracks for me from this album. This felt like a solid album that I would listen to again.

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This album from 1969 sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday. It's clean and dirty, relaxing and tense, all-around classic dad rock that surely paved the way for the music genre. "Cinnamon Girl" opens with clappy percussion and catchy guitar riffs. This so-called "cinnamon girl" sounds like a manic pixie dream woman who enjoys nice things in life with her man by her side. "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" is short but shares the sentiment of wanting to get away from the rat race, a feeling I'm all too familiar with... "Round & Round (It Won't Be Long)" is actually quite long at 5:54 and features Robin Lane on harmonizing vocals that invokes the feeling of life slowly passing by as we try to do the things that give us purpose "Down by the River"is about 9 and a quarter minutes long and features head-nodding instrumentals from Crazy Horse that makes me want to play pool in a seedy, friendly, yokel's bar while coming together to sing along "down by the riiiiiiiver, I shot my baaaaaby" "The Losing End" is a relatable breakup song -- "my tears fall down like rain" is a classic similie that doesn't ever feel good, but we all go through it “Running Dry (Requiem for the Rockets)" sounds like a cry for help and somewhat of an apology letter to someone Neil Young may have wronged or let down that features powerful and woeful strings (is that a fiddle?) that feels bad but also feels quite nice "Cowgirl in the Sand" closes the album at 10 minutes and 6 seconds long and starts off with Crazy Horse setting the scene, seemingly telling the listener to "strap in" for this one. Lots of instrumental breaks that let the song tell its story with lyrics that Young wrote while suffering from a 103 degree fever about promiscuous femininity... or maybe it's really about beaches in Spain? This album is 21 years my senior and I can only sit and wonder how influential it was. As I said, it sounds like it could’ve been recorded yesterday. Fresh sound that transcends music gimmicks and pop culture, and simply ages like fine wine.

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For only having 7 tracks, this album still feels satisfying. One I would call a dud—“The Losing End” because I don’t like that country shuffle beat and any song that uses it—but everything else is A+. Favourite track: “Running Dry (Requiem for the Rockets)”

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4

Anything Neil has ever put his name on feels like sandals and unbuttoned shirt kind of weather.

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4

A good listen. Very chill, with a few excellent tracks.

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4

This did not have any of the handful of NY songs I know well and there are some whoppers on here. Cinnamon Girl took me by surprise but my favourite 2 are the long ones - cowgirl in the sand and down by the river (unbelievable).

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4

First 3 songs didn't really do anything for me. Last 4 were almost all great all the time.

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4

Decent album that showcases Neil's Talent, although I would have personally preferred some more electric guitars

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4

Such a unique sound. Neil Young has such a personality in his songwriting and creates an album so authentic in comparison to Dylan and his CS&N peers. This was such a cool album to explore, I can definitely see now the influence he had on grunge 2 decades later. I have been sleeping on Young!

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4

I listened to this one 3-4 times over the course of the day yesterday.

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4

Fantastic album

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Rólyndis Neil. Gott stöff.

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4

Not his best album but still worthy of a 4 star

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4

Interesting but old

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pretty relaxed? dude has a pleasant voice, the music is chill lyrics can be cringe male lyrics but it was like. the 1900s. who cares

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I think if I turn into an old dude who only listens to Neil Young records, it’ll probably be a very happy retirement for the most part. This one is a little light on the falsetto driven ballads that I love, but still good from start to finish.

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4

Cinnamon Girl. That's a great way to kick this off. Nothing grabbed me as much as that one, but these were all good, all had their own personalities. And they all had Neil's personality, which I guess is good, too. There's also a dog on the cover, so you know this album is okay, probably.

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4

One of Neil’s best - a joy throughout and has Down by The River which is a bona fide classic

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4

A consistently nice album lacking that one amazing track to elevate it to a 5. "Good Neil" to quote Mr Brown.

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4

This is a fine album more immediately accessible than others of his on the list. Great songs, good playing.

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4

2nd November 2021 Started late in the day when back from the gym. Finished on the 3rd at work in the office. Some absolute stunners (down by the river) and some slow country, beautiful stuff.

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4

Another excellent album that I haven't listened to in a long time. Enjoyed most of the songs and loved a few of them.

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4

Pretty good. I don't have the mental energy right now to do a proper review. But this is a good one, you'll have to trust me.

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4

When Neil’s on a bummer, that’s my shit. When he feels like ‘rocking’ (Cinnamon Girl, Down By the River), not so much.

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4

Not my favorites by Neil Young but was still decent

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The more I listen to Neil Young the more I like him. Haven't listened that much - yet

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4

Lovely, and just the right amount of moody

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4

Pretty good. I liked the guitar better in Ragged Glory but I think Neil Young's voice is more suited to the slower ballad type songs.

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4

different to what i normally listen to

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4

Easy to listen to. Great album for the era

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4

Ok

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4

Knows his stuff

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4

Pretty good in the background

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3.75

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Bit ironic I got this a week after the Neil Young vs Joe Rogan fiasco so had to watch this with ads on YouTube. This situation at this time is still going on so was intrigued to see if I would miss the music that disappeared from Spotify. From this album at the very least, Young feels missed as I would love to have some of these songs saved. The acoustic and electric guitar parts are really good throughout too. I was reading the wiki article for this and found out Young wrote half the album while having a fever. And those songs (Cinnamon Girl, the title track, Down by the River and Cowgirl in the Sand) are the best on here. The rest are ok but not as good. A very decent and fine little album.

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4

Neal Young is stretching his legs on his second post-Buffalo Springfield solo disc. His first collab of many with Crazy Horse is a great peak into where he will take his music. His songwriting stands out here - Cinnamon Girl, Down By The River, The Losing End… etc are all sonically not something that you'd think a singer / songwriter would put out in 1969. This popped up on the tail end of NYs battle with Spotify, and I'll repeat what I said last week with an Eric Clapton selection, it's okay to seperate the asshole from the music when they take stands you don't agree with. 4/5.

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Some of my all time favorites here, and of xourse the two lengthy linchpin numbers of Down By the River and Cowgirl in the Sand. A coue of dull spots hold it just shy of masterpiece status for me but still essential.

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Lovely stuff, Neil is a quality dude

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Neil and Crazy Horse at their early height here, The classic "Cinnamon Girl" and the title track which are still on Neil's Live set list are great songs and were an auger of things to come from the maestro of Country Rock and such an influence on Grunge 30 years later. Danny Whitten, (Pre the experiences that invoked another Neil Young Classic, "The Needle And "The Damage Done") on guitar and some great harmonies shows off his brilliance in these roles. "Down By The River" is another great track and a classic in the genre, again Crazy Horse were the right people at the right time for Neil 1969 and still are today even though their have been many iterations he always gets the right people to play/sing with him. The final track, "Cowgirl In The Sand" another classic Neil Young standard, again highlighting his influence on both (Believe or not) on Punk and Grunge music. A great Album rightfully on this list. I love it!

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4

Of NY’s classic albums, this one stands the test of time. It’s funny, I forgot how good it was until I grabbed my headphones and dropped the needle (no Spotify…). Cowgirl In the Sand and Down By the River are two of my favorite songs by him. Both are long “jam” style songs with guitar solos that feel more like an attack on the guitar as opposed to a virtuoso playing juuuuust the right note at the right time. All in all, a fantastic album.

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4

The melancholy, the rock sound infused with the tiniest bit of country, Young’s distinctive voice. It’s a solid album, but the guitar solos feel a bit indulgent.

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4

Great enough stuff, but nothing really pushes it all the way up to 5

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I like a bit of Neil Young: good songs, harmonies, distinctive mournful voice. Bit of iffy playing here and there but otherwise I enjoyed it.

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Neil Young really knocks it out of the park with this album with three incredible songs: Cinnamon Girl, Down by the River and Cowgirl in the Sand. I like the other country/folk songs less but when he rocks out there's nothing like it. The guitar counter play and solo on Cowgirl is simply brilliant and iconic Young.

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4

A little bit country, folk, blues and rock’n roll. It’s no doubt that Neil Young is a great singer/songwriter. It’s not really my style, but my hats off to him and the obvious influence he’s had on may others musicians due to his own musicianship.

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4

I really liked this album. Very chill but with some upbeat songs mixed in. Very easy listening. Good to chill to.

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4

Nice melodies, some songs drag on a bit too long. Overall, a calming listening experience.

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Man, that riff that starts Cinnamon Girl... The vocals that come in are off-puttingly mild. That said... damn this is a good album. More filthy guitar on Down by the River and Cowgirl in the Sand.

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Le pongo un 4 porque me gusta Neil Young. Pero el disco no me ha encantado.

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I'm not super-hyped on listening to Neil Young tbh... I've heard a bit here and there and it's just bland. That 2000s-style Pearl Jam seems to be obsessed with him is damnation enough. I've heard Cinnamon Girl but not sure on the rest. It's honestly not too bad for that American folky-rock late 60s shit, but.... eh? Post-listen: it was ok but went absolutely nowhere. I guess that's kinda the idea with this genre, but it bores me. 3/5 though, just because it wasn't BAD and 2 needs to be reserved for SHIT.

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I like down by the river, the rest not so much, neil young shines through regardless as a talent

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Time machine listen

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Not really a Neil Young guy but this was some good classic rock

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Signs of greatness

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Cowboy rock

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Very standard sound and a good listen, no skips but no real highlights either. Nice for a neutral upper typa mood

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For whatever reason, Neil young has not been my jam historically. He's someone I've always wanted to like but just hadn't really. But to be fair, his discography is so expansive that the few songs I've heard probably don't do it justice. I had to listen to this album 3 times because Tom and I kept talking through it, so I'm basing this on the 3rd listen, but the title track caught me even when we were talking over it. I liked that one. I'm not a fan of his slower songs in general.

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Not bad Neil

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Neil Young is another one whose voice was never my favorite. This album has really good, trippy music, though. Would listen again.

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Good stuff!

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Legal mas meio cansativo

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ok

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The one instrumental track was a banger

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A classic album by Neil Young, I had lot of fun discovering this artist I never took time for. Its sounds really modern for 69'

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Easy to listen album. I feel the countryside breeze and the taste of fried eggs an bacon. Interesting introspective as I feel deeply connected with the album's title these days...

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Neil Young to me is the song Heart of Gold. On this album there were some nice Balads.

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Quality music, not my style

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Some excellent riffs, songs were a bit long with almost not enough musical diversity to keep it interesting (I’ve never been a fan of artists who just jam on and on) but as soon as I found myself wishing it would come to a close he pulled me back in with something different. His voice didn’t really do it for me. He reminded me, although he is the precursor, of Elliot Smith, and a quick Google showed me that yes critics felt the same. Would listen to again if forced but prob wouldn’t crack my top 100 of this compendium.

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Just fine.

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Really nice guitar work. Definitely stoner vibes.

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It's just ok...

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Some really good songs but i'm not left with much of a desire to listen again.

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Not boring!

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Some songs I liked and others I didn’t. Just not sure it’s road trip music for me.

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Muy de su estilo. Aroma americano. Acordes trascendentes

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Highlight: Cinnamon Girl This is folk, exactly what you'd come to expect from Neil Young. Nothing outrageous or offensive, just good classic folk rock.

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6

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3.8 - Straightforward songwriting, poetic imagery, simple but effective guitar work. Standout tracks: "Cinnamon Girl", "Round and Round (It Won't Be Long)." This feels unrushed and the songs somehow feel fresh, emotionally.

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I get why people love this so much, but just not my cup of tea

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It was pretty good, but I got kinda tired of those stupid background vocals by the end (like that tiny voice repeating everything he was singing)

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Good

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I actually really enjoyed the guitar work on this album. I know Neil Young is a large proponent of experiencing music either love or on albums so that instead of listening to tracks of a few minutes and then moving on, you can instead enter that state of being in it. After a couple of times through the album I got lost in it. And I even repeated that final ten minute track so I could get lost in it. It's always lovely when I can take a break from my own mind.

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Cinnamon Girl makes this a solid 3, but outside of Everbody Knows nothing else really makes an impression. I think there is a certain time and place for this album but thats definitely not sitting in my apartment on a workday

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Depressing and a little too country

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Het geeft de burger moed dat iemand die vals zingt een wereldster kan worden.

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Gezellig, maar niet uitzonderlijk.

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It’s Neil.

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Ik was indertijd erg fan van dit album. Tegenwoordig nogal wat minder... Veel uitgesponnen nummers met dito gitaarwerk, typisch NY uit die tijd.

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Pretty good King Neil album. Lyrics and solos are great.

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not bad to have in the background. 3/5

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Didn't make much of an impression

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Liked this one quite a bit. Solid instrumentation for sure.

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Just old mueic forst track was alright

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I mean, it's fine. It's a late 60's rock album. The guitar is the best thing about it. There are drums present as well as a bass. This album exists. Favorite track: Cinnamon Girl

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Every song is pretty much the same, more or less, though not...bad. It's the 60s semi-country twang feel which, if you're into that, would work. It just feels sapped of energy to me.

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The guitar in every song is insane.

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Liked track 1, "Cinnamon Girl"

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Can I just say I love this album but have no idea if it’s good or not?

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not his best but emphasis that young is an albums person - they all have their own groove. 3.

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Decent enough. Probably got some good songs on there if listened to a few times through. But there’s plenty of Crosby Stills Nash and Young on here so doubt I’ll listen to this one again.

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Young Neil is back and this time with a horse...and by the looks of it, a dog too...and a tree. This summer, from the producers of Neil Young's other work, Neil Young is Neil Young in: "Everyone Knows This is Nowhere". In cinemas soon.

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Nije toliko dobar kao njegovi ostali, mozd zbog toga jer baš se vamo osjeti ta električna gitara valjda zbog ovog Ludog Konja, ali moram izdvojiti predzadnju pjesmu Running Dry (Requiem for Rockets).

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L'album è stato abbastanza scorrevole, mi piace in generale come artista/compositore Neil Young, molte sue idee le trovo semplici ma moderne. Non è quell'album spettacolare che ti lascia a bocca aperta ma comunque è carino. 3

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The tracklisting on this creates a funny but fuzzy listening experience. The initial two tracks are pretty tossed-off, but then the record opens up into long-form folk jamming. From what I've heard so far, this is where Young shines. Round & Round starts like a campfire hymn, then develops vocal harmonies which primed my ears for the following song and kept me listening for them to come back. They never quite did, but that anticipation had me listening closer, including to the fiddle lines which develop late. I must admit that I wasn't engrossed, but I think I see what this music can do. The suggestion of it, at least.

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Best Neil Young I’ve heard

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Nothing that exciting.

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Country-rock suave de Neil Young. Ni fu ni fa.

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Great background music. No immediate standout tracks, but Cinnamon Girl reminds me of Trip Shakespeare. Seems a little more upbeat than what I remember from Harvest (listened to it years ago though). 3/5.

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Good.

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Young is an icon, but not one I’ve listened to. I was impressed, but it blended into the background after the first couple of songs. I’m probably past the days where a 5 minute guitar solo appeals to me, but if it does to you it’s probably a 3.5-4

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too much country but the last track was great

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Nice easy listening

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Easy listening -Folk

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Goddamn I hate Neil Young. The only good parts of this album are when he isn't singing.

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Pretty good musically, a little bland at times, I see how this influenced a lot of country/folksy/rock. Best track: Down by the River

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Really nice harmonies, simple in its musicality. I thought it had a lot of Buffalo Springfield vibes which I then learned Neil Young was in!

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Good voice, good sound though not much variety musically. Nice solid listen though!

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I wasn’t expecting that much funk. A bit too many extended guitar jams, but a good listen.

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A rare example of an album actually getting worse the more I listened. Became too repetitive after a while...

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I actually really enjoyed this on second listen. Not enough for a 4 maybe but it was close.

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It seems like there's often very little middle-ground on Neil Young. There are those "NEIL!" fans (or my wife who will no question be singing Cinnamon Girl the rest of the day after this is playing ha) and then those who think Neil's voice is a bit of a non-starter to say the least. Of course I'm taking the easy way out and staking a little middle-ground here but I think this album is a pretty good listen even for those who might "hate" Neil. You've got some good heavy rock starting off with the aforementioned "Cinnamon Girl" followed up with a nice easy rocker in the title track. "Down By The River" is one of those old-time 'holycow this is creepy' songs, which I like. And sticking to this song in particular...for the most part I kind of enjoy his voice on this album - although if anything I often find his electric guitar work (solos) more than a bit harsh and difficult to get through. But on the other hand it's also his unique *sound* and as much as you could always tell an Edward Van Halen guitar part you can do the same for Neil Young. That counts for something significant I think. Another album that I like the overall sound of - you can definitely hear the space in this one, even in the louder songs - a dry production that's somehow not annoying. The album peters out a little for me on the (former) second side - I'm not as much a fan of the country and slow/plodding feel on songs like "The Losing End" and "Running Dry" which knocks it down a notch. Anyways as a "yeah sure Neil Young is alright" kind of music fan this is a decent album - relatively short and with some undeniably important/classic songs that still sound good. 7/10 3 stars

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I thought i didn’t like him based on his last album (déjà vu). but this was okay. it started off strong with cinnamon girl and gradually got eh, but it was fun and i didn’t hate it.

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Decent but not what I want out of a rock album such as this

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-"Cinnamon Girl" is catchy enough -"Round and Round (It Won't Be Long)" is pretty or whatever but it is also boring -"Down by the River" gets into cool bass and guiar -"Cowgirl in the Sand" is nice enough -Its got some nice bits and pieces, but not nearly consistently enough to really get my attention

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Down By The River is great, the rest of the album is fine.

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Had a lot of neil young on this list, and I've been lukewarm on most of it. This is okay I guess, but nothing really makes me want to come back to it

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Was nice!

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I feel like I'm on drugs

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yeah a decent album. at this point i am going to stop commenting on every album and only make comments on my absolute favourites or when i find a song i really like

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I was never a huge Neil Young fan, but this album is pretty good.

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I did like most of the songs, but none of them really stood out to me. They all sounded pretty similar.

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This was okay. Pretty generic sounding, but I've never been much of a Neil Young fan.

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Ironisch, heute kommt das Album obwohl gestern Neil Young seine Lieder von Spotify gepullt hat - dann muss wohl YT herhalten. Geil knarzige Gitarren auf Cinammon girl, mehrstimmiger gesang immer nice. Gute Melodien und starke Songs, überraschend (für mich) rockige riff passagen. Bissl too much soli für meinen Geschmack.

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nice, didn't stand out enough for me. the odd song gets me going, but overall not enough

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It’s okay.

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Sorry Neil, I tried. I like Neil a lot more than I like Neil's music. There are some absolutely priceless songs in here but then there's... the rest of the album. Just not my thing.

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Sigh. Can't get it on Spotify. Which fair enough, I guess, I appreciate his taking a stand. Hopefully YouTube is giving me approximately the right thing. I know the standard Neil Young stuff, but I've never considered myself a particularly big fan. I do like Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young so there's that. Starting with the name and album art I'm slightly put off, but only slightly. It doesn't look like it rocks, if you know what I mean. And what's up with that pose? Starts out very strong with Cinnamon Girl, an undeniable hit. The title track is fine but Round & Round is yuck. I am used to thinking of his voice as wise/angry old man voice; it is interesting that he sounded exactly the same 50 years ago. Anyway, Down by the River is a great song. This much madness is too much sorrow. The Losing End is chill, I kind of liked it, Running Dry no thank you (unless I happen to be watching Firefly at the same time), Cowgirl in the Sand feels really old fashioned but I guess is fine. Overall a 2 start meh but Cinnamon Girl is definitely worth a star. This helped me find the 1001 Album Club podcast (https://open.spotify.com/episode/7AGyTZ3FeLBXs72wJQP6xM?si=ybGYS6UySVuxTmsYw2QYxg) plus some great covers of Down by the River and Cowgirl in the Sand.

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I like Neil Young so it's not hard to get into his albums. Not every song is a winner but there's so much in here there's bound to be the odd glitch. A bit of country, a lot of rock, some great guitar solos plus Neil's voice hits the spot.

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Favorites: Everybody Knows This is Nowhere Down By the River

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Du bon folk rock de Neil Young comme on le connait. Rien de top mais rien de mauvais non plus

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Perushyvää Neililtä

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En jaksanut kaivaa netistä koko levyä joten yhden biisin perusteella kolme tähteä

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This was fine

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Ehh this was nice and all but pretty dull and dragged at times.

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Não ouvi pois ele tirou do Spotify kkk

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Kan vara värt att återvända till

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Ja, geht so. Hat aber mit "Down by the River" und "Cowgirl in the Sand" zwei Killer-Lieder. Daher 3.

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its cool

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Doesn't include my favorite Neil Young songs but it was good.

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An average album. It started out fine. I like the instrumentation in Down by the River, but the rest of the album did not interest me very much. I wouldn’t listen again. Favorite song: Cinnamon Girl Least favorite song: Round & Round (It Won’t Be Long)

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Not bad

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Country-rock suave de Neil Young. Ni fu ni fa.

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Controversial opinion... Neil young ain’t my thing. And his guitar solos are too long and boring!

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1969: Down By The River, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

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good for a neil young album running dry and cowgirl in the sand are decent songs i guess

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Ehhhhhhh

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Some wailing country bullshit. Didn't expect anything and still was disapointed.

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Meh. Samme sangen om igjen og om igjen.

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not really my style, the background singers sounded weird.

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Production: 7/20 Songwriting: 9/20 Innovation: 10/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 5/20 =31 Soz Neil this was pretty shit

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Nope. Not in the mood for drunk John Denver...

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A good example of average music from the late 60s era

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It was country... Not my fave, but wasn't the worst country I've ever heard.

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weird combo of being really short but too long. He do be having better albums

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A good example of average music from the late 60s era

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meh, droney

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Not bad. Protest rock it seems. 4/10.

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Rocking

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Unschlüssig wie das mit 5-Sterne System adäquat zu bewerten ist; wäre eine recht mittelmäßige 5/10, also hier und jetzt 2.5, aber das hieße wohl aufrunden, aber eine 3 ?!? Neeeeeee… Leider wird’s bei aller Sympathie ne etwas magere 2.3

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Neil Young is an artist where I know all of his hits but never really listened to any of his albums all the way through so I am happy about this selection. I always meant to listen to more Neil Young. 1 - "Cinnamon Girl" - One of his hits so I of course enjoyed it 2-3 - "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" & "Round & Round (It Won't Be Long)" - These two were a little to slow and sad for me today. I am working while listening so maybe the lyrics weren't sad but the music made me feel sad so there is that. 4 - "Down by the River" - another one of his hits so I enjoyed it. 5 "The Losing End (When You're On)" – okay, this is seriously depressing to me. I didn't finish it...NEXT! 6 "Running Dry (Requiem for the Rockets)" – OH FOR FUCKS SAKE!!! SERIOUSLY?? I DO NOT NEED THIS SHIT RIGHT NOW. I DO NOT LIKE THIS SONG AT ALL - opening verse: Oh, please help me, oh, please help me I'm livin' by myself I need someone to comfort me ANOTHER SKIP!!! 7 "Cowgirl in the Sand" – Ok, I like me some cowgirls, lets see how this goes........Pretty nice guitar intro..... I like me some guitar! Maybe this is an instrumental... nope. Lyrics are so so but I dig the guitar solos. I give this song three snausages

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Wasn't gonna listen, but it starts with Cinnamon Girl, and it's only 7 songs, so maybe I can try it. I suspect it will be lucky to get a 3, but you never know.... Naah, it's a 2. Quality is fine, but it's just too quiet and mournful for my taste. I think I like Young better than the rest of CSN, but still not really my thing. I can hear the beginnings of grunge in the sound, but still just too slow/contemplative.

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Of all the Neil Young albums to pick…

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Just country, idc Acoustic Guitar, Male & Female Vocals Kkona 5th song in kinda growing on me

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Liked: cinnamon girl; everybody knows this is nowhere; cowgirl in the sand. Ok: down by the river; the losing end. Didn't like: round & round; running dry (liked it at first and then it got worse and worse). Overall I wouldn't listen to this album again, although I might give the songs I liked another listen!

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#1 everybody knows this is nowhere #2 round & round #3 n/a sorry i do not like country

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Some of these tracks go on waaaaaaay too long

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Jangly classic rock in the chillest hippy sense. Some randomly ~long~ songs.

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Io sono abbastanza un fan di Neil Young. Non in questo album però e comunque non c'è paragone Neil Young vs CSNY. E' noto che Neil Young non è esattamente un guitar hero e forse su questo album se la sente un po' calda. I Crazy Horse a supporto non aiutano molto quando ci stanno 10 minuti di sproloquio chitarristico che difficilmente giustificherei anche con un bravo chitarrista. Putroppo anche gli altri pezzi sono abbastanza insipidi, questo album suona più come una demo che un album completo. Comunque c'è sempre un po' la spirito del vecchio Neil e non è che m'ha fatto schifo, però è tra i suoi lavori più deboli.

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A bit twangy.

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Not really my style of music but certainly better than expected

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“Young is a strange artist and I am not all the way into him yet, but this record is haunting.”

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Neil Young's second album, backed by the band Crazy Horse, released in 1969 and was remastered in 2009. This country rock album was popular even at release and has been certified platinum. 4 songs including the title track became staples for Neil to play at shows. I've heard of Neil Young but this was the first time I really listened to his music. It was fine, but not my musical genre of choice.

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I only liked the first song, thank God we no longer have 9 minute songs

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Droning, uninteresting sounds

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Nice album

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Wouldn't be my first choice but it was a decent listen.

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Gives me BBQ restaurant vibes, not a total hater but not a fan either.

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É bom, mas não me cativou.

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pretty boring

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Not really a fan

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Better than the last Neil Young album, but still not great. I still don't like his voice, but these songs seem to fit it a bit better than the previous album. Not something I'd listen to again. Upper end of a 2.

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Just can't get the love for Neil Young. Whiney voice.

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Cinnamon Girl and Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere are a goo pair of openers, by Down By The River is 9 minutes about nothing. Again I don't get why so many people have a hard on for this sound. Cowgirl In The Sand is 10 minutes of bullshit.

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ja wat moet ik er van zeggen, neil young, dit vinden zelfs mijn ouders suf

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Old Boring Bastard

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Na 40 seconden wist ik genoeg.

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Yeah, not for me. This was music that is played somewhere I don't want to be. I hung in there tracks 1-5, but good Christmas track six! Running dry should not be allowed to be played during a pandemic. I skipped that one. What little I listened to of track six sucked all my willingness to finish a 10 minute track seven. I just can't do it.

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se me está haciendo eterno y no le estoy prestando atención al neil que quiero yo es al que canta SWEEEEEEEEET CAAAROOOLIIIINE PA PA PA (neil diamond)

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Yeah. It's just another CSNY album. Who cares? There are like 17 of these on this list. Who in God's name cares about any member of CSNY to put them on this list more than once? This isn't even one of the more interesting albums! This list has been giving me quite a few duds lately.

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Dated

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Cinnamon Girl is probably my least favorite song of all time.

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I'm starting to think Neil Young is highly overrated....He's all over the place - everything is hit or miss, and this one is a miss for me

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fuck hard rock

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Three times in a row Young?? WTF? This is bullshit!

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There isn't any on Spotify any more. Neil Young removed it

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yeah no i can't stand this lmao

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not on spotify. its a good album but a pain in the ass to get on streaming.

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Excellent early Neil

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absolutely classic, otherworldly guitar

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Primer album Neil Young

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