12 Songs, 1 Hour 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Neil’s mid-’90s masterpiece contains the darkest, most wounded music he’d released since 1975’s death-stained Tonight’s the Night, with his trusty backing band Crazy Horse providing queasy texture instead of their usual grungy roar. The ominous, rumbling title track is haunted—musically and spiritually—by Kurt Cobain's ghost, but Young also turns his bleak perspective to America at large: “Driveby” is an aching acoustic rendering of gang violence, while “Safeway Cart” is an eerily desolate portrait of homelessness framed by a haunting, hypnotic bassline.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Neil’s mid-’90s masterpiece contains the darkest, most wounded music he’d released since 1975’s death-stained Tonight’s the Night, with his trusty backing band Crazy Horse providing queasy texture instead of their usual grungy roar. The ominous, rumbling title track is haunted—musically and spiritually—by Kurt Cobain's ghost, but Young also turns his bleak perspective to America at large: “Driveby” is an aching acoustic rendering of gang violence, while “Safeway Cart” is an eerily desolate portrait of homelessness framed by a haunting, hypnotic bassline.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

bainbridge islander ,

An overlooked masterpiece

As a long time, diehard Neil fan, I bought this album when it was first released in 1994. It got almost no attention. Neil wouldn't talk about it, did not tour on it, and there was some indication it was his response to Kurt Cobain's suicide. Now it's almost completely forgotten, but I'm glad to see it's here. This is dark, complex music bursting with emotion (with a few exceptions like Piece of Crap, which frankly comes out of nowhere but I'm giving it 5 stars anyway). Neil has never released another album like it, but I'm convinced it's among his best, up there with Tonights the Night and After the Gold Rush. If you are a Neil fan but like so many of us skipped the early and mid-1990s, pick up this one. And then go buy Ragged Glory.

WhattheheckdoIknow ,

Hail track 11!!

I found it on the web, I put it on my IPod, it sounds like a Piece of Crap...PIECE OF CRAP....

Juiceboy044 ,

I don't lie

Take my word for it, this is one of the most haunting albums I have ever experienced in my whole life. I'm 17, at the mall with my friends about a few weeks ago and walk into FYE. I barely even know anything about Neil Young and was oddly compelled to say "f-ck it" and just buy it for absolutely no reason. One of the best decisions of my life, and that is no understatement, I can't imagine all of the music experiences people miss by staying secluded in their own genres.

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