8 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the success of Sleeps with Angels and the Pearl Jam collaboration Mirror Ball, Neil Young had raised his artistic ante to a nearly unsustainable level. So for this collaboration with longtime backing band Crazy Horse, he dialed down expectations with a looser format that reflected his careful but casual way of making most albums. The opening trio of tunes are extended workouts that leave plenty of room for Young to stretch out. A live version of Jimmy Reed's "Baby What You Want Me to Do" is rough and tumble, played with fire. The guitars on "Scattered" are mournful and divine, while the acoustic "Music Arcade" casts Young in the role of wandering minstrel.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the success of Sleeps with Angels and the Pearl Jam collaboration Mirror Ball, Neil Young had raised his artistic ante to a nearly unsustainable level. So for this collaboration with longtime backing band Crazy Horse, he dialed down expectations with a looser format that reflected his careful but casual way of making most albums. The opening trio of tunes are extended workouts that leave plenty of room for Young to stretch out. A live version of Jimmy Reed's "Baby What You Want Me to Do" is rough and tumble, played with fire. The guitars on "Scattered" are mournful and divine, while the acoustic "Music Arcade" casts Young in the role of wandering minstrel.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

musikCraver ,

Broken Arrow

I have heard all these songs about a thousand times each and I'm not even 20. That tells you how much I like this album. For me it's one of the most personal and meaningful albums I have. I guess since it has that very soft spot in my heart in which it will always reside, that's why it never gets old. I still remember being three years old and replaying "Big Time" everywhere my Dad drove. That's how far back this album goes for me. On my top ten all time favorite album list with a doubt, and nothing will ever replace its spot. Gets me in a good mood every time I listen to it, it's imposible not to. I will keep this album with me until the day I die, and hopefully I can keep its meaning running in my family. Rock on Neil! Thank you for recording this and helping shape my life and making this music utterly unforgettable for me, even if I'm the only one who thinks this much of Broken Arrow. Absolutely Amazing.

Pensacola Guy ,

Darn good Album

One of Neil young's Bests, a definite must have!

GujaratBruguera ,

Just wish we could rate the official Album Review

This album is fantastic and sure to be enjoyed by any Neil Young fan, while this official Album Review is worse than useless. I'm not saying the reviewer should be a Neil Young fan, but it's almost as if most professional reviewers are just in "group-think" mode. "Well, all my colleagues think Neil's best stuff was made in the 1970s, so if I'm to be taken seriously as a reviewer I have to think the same." If someone would just think for themselves, they would realize and acknowledge that Neil was just as vital in the 80s, 90s, 2000s as he was in the 70s, and he continues to be just as vital today as evidenced by "Psychedelic Pill." That's clearly apparent to anyone that delves deeply into his music, but I guess a prerequisite for reviewing a Neil Young album is to be one of those few sad souls who don't like his music.

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