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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill (Reprise, 2012)
Waging Heavy Peace, as both are rambling, occasionally fascinating and resolutely non-linear. There are two versions of the title track "Psychedelic Pill" both short, driving rockers that are as concise as the jams are loose. The nostalgia of "Born in Toronto" gives way to the lengthy "Ramada Inn" which starts bright and sunny before turning progressively darker as the tale of a man struggling with a drinking problem. "She's Always Dancing" develops a swirling, hypnotic groove akin to "Mansion on the Hill" from his great Ragged Glory LP. Finally, "Walk Like A Giant" has echoes of nostalgia in its lyrics, but the music is much more taught despite spooling out for over sixteen minutes. Neil Young is famous in the music world nearly as much for his idiosyncratic nature as his great talent. This album shows aspects of both. As soon as you think he has gone off the rails of self indulgence, he takes a guitar solo or sings a lyric that snaps everything back into focus. Psychedelic Pill - amazon.com