Toast

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Toast

Neil Young said he didn’t initially release 2001’s Toast because he thought it was too sad—a funny explanation coming from an artist whose stoicism has always made feelings like happiness and sadness seem beside the point. Still, you can sense where he’s coming from: With the exception of “Standing in the Light of Love,” Toast is a moody, reflective album, as hairy around the edges as any Crazy Horse project but less forthright. “Goin’ Home” (one of two tracks here rerecorded for 2002’s Are You Passionate?) is classic, but the character of the album lies in the 20-minute one-two of “How Ya Doin’?” and “Boom Boom Boom,” the former of which conjures the strange, exhausted comforts of heartache, the latter of which is the closest Crazy Horse ever gets to jazz.

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