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Broken Arrow

Neil Young, Crazy HorseAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 2, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B000002N92
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Youngian reaction principle--which dictates that our hero follow commercial monsters (After the Goldrush/Harvest, Rust Never Sleeps) with willfully difficult busts (Time Fades Away, Hawks & Doves)--finally kicks into effect after a long string of straightahead bestsellers. The man's unpredictability has been a major reason he's remained vital for nigh on 30 years, so it's good to see he's still cranky enough to serve up these raw, sloppy, and, for hardcore fans, invigorating jam sessions with his fave band. --Jeff Bateman

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On Broken Arrow, the latest Reprise Records release from Neil Young with Crazy Horse, a new chapter is opened on one of rock and roll's longest running musical collaborations. Young and the group - Poncho Sampedro, vocals, guitar; Billy Talbot, vocals, bass; and Ralph Molina, vocals, drums, percussion - have been playing together, on and off, since 1969, when original member Danny Whitten helped found Crazy Horse with Young. The group and its legendary frontman went on to record such epochal albums as Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush, Zuma (featuring the newly recruited Frank "Poncho" Sampedro, replacing the deceased Whitten), Comes A Time and a string of albums throughout the Eighties that included Re Ac Tor and Life. Young and Crazy Horse then went on to explore a new era of cutting edge rock with 1990's Ragged Glory and 1994's Sleeps With Angels. Now, with the release of Broken Arrow, nearly three decades of music-making make way for an extraordinary new expression of creative camaraderie and consensual risk-taking. One of the most resonant and riveting offerings in the entire spectrum of Neil Youngand Crazy Horse's on-going sonic explorations, Broken Arrow features seven new NeilYoung originals, plus a relentlessly raw rendition of the Jimmy Reed classic "Baby What You Want Me To Do" recorded live at the frontlines of the quartet's continuing assault on the boundaries of electric expression. With Broken Arrow, Neil Young with Crazy Horse have set the standards for real rock 'n' roll into the oncoming millennium.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Glory of a Slow Turgid River May 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The term "grunge" has often been associated with Neil, and no one epitomizes the term better than him. Broken Arrow is rock at its slow, crawling, best. To understand why so many people virtually worship this guy's music, especially when he melds with Crazy Horse, you need to let yourself enter his music as if you were entering a dark and turgid river, and then just let it take you on a journey. If you try to analyze this album, you'll never figure it out.

Broken Arrow is all about deep longing, and struggling for some light in a dark world. The first three tracks on the album create a trance-like mood that can evoke a mystic state in the listener. There is a sense of the divine underlying the best music, from Beethoven, to Mahler to Robert Simpson. It's there in the jams of the Dead, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa and Eric Clapton in his heroin days. If you let yourself go into this album, you will sense the mystic as strongly as in other great Neil and Crazy Horse jams (Powderfinger, Cortez the Killer, Change Your Mind, Love and Only Love, Down by the River, Last Dance, etc.).

In "Big Time," every pluck of Neil's guitar is a quest for something beautiful that has been lost, or a dream that is fading-an recurring Neil Young image. About six minutes into the song there's a classic Neil Young and Crazy epiphany that explodes with beauty.

"Loose Change" starts out optimistically, but becomes is a quest for something that is never found. It's like a cry for the sun during a horribly dark and gloomy day and, no matter how powerful the cry, the sun never seems to break through. About half way through the song, it's as if Neil and Crazy Horse get stuck in the mud, and the river just goes round and round the same notes.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album for meditation and soul searching August 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is actually my favorite Neil Young album (which may say something about me). I love it not for its quantity of great songs or tracks, but for its incredible depth and mystery. The image of American Indians on the cover and the title--a broken arrow, representing peace--indicates an appreciation of history and the fact that human thought and emotion over the ages is all tied together.

These ideas, of course, are recurring themes in Neil Young's work (overcoming generation gaps, imagining life in other times and places, and working through complex and difficult memories). It is music for lonely people, lost souls, or those searching for meaning in a dark world. At certain times, it is almost eerie, as though he is channeling spiritual messages.

Perhaps the final song, his version of "Baby What You Want Me to Do" could really be interpreted in a spiritual way. It could mean that his muse is a higher power that was telling him what to do when writing and performing the music (like the double-meaning of George Harrison's unintentional channeling of "My Sweet Lord...He's So Fine.") Young might have also chosen to do a cover of "Baby..." because the words of being in a state of flux and turmoil echo the lyrics of other tracks such as "Scattered (Let's Think About Livin')."

It is not an album to be listened to at a party or with commotion. Just as one wouldn't want to meditate or read under those circumstances, one probably shouldn't try to connect with this kind of music with distractions. As he says in "Music Arcade" : "Yeah, I'm talking 'bout getting down...Take it easy...There's no one around..."
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't write this one off too quickly November 25, 1998
Format:Audio CD
I want to say a word or two in defense of this album, which people seem to be describing as some sort of throwaway. Not true. The instrumentals on "Broken Arrow" are as inspired as any Neil Young and Crazy Horse have dished out, and the musical accompaniments to "Loose Change" and "Slips Away" in particular are downright hypnotic in places. Yes, some of the songs are long -- is this a problem? When Neil wants to sprawl, he sprawls; he doesn't limit himself to turning out one neatly-wrapped radio cut after another, and that's one more reason to respect him. And when the songs extend on this album it's always to a mezmerizing rather than tedious effect. I suppose we could have done without the cut "This Town," but so what? It's hard to think of a more inane tune than "There's a World," but that song hardly detracts from the glory of "Harvest." If there is a problem with "Broken Arrow," it seems to lie more with the production than with conception or performance. The vocals for many of the songs are strangely washed-out, as if Neil (and Crazy Horse too, for that matter) were standing a foot or so from the mike. This is disappointing, since the lyrics, though not his best, are generally pretty damn good. As for "Baby What You Want Me to Do?" it's live, it's uncharacteristic, it's lower than low-fi, but the obvious intent is to make you feel you're listening from the back of a crowded bar--an interesting idea, and I think it works pretty well. Finally, "Music Arcade" has got to be one of Neil's most perfect accoustic pieces ever, and it alone nearly justifies the price of the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for one of Crazy horse's latter day masterpieces ....
Music is very complex to review and examine , and since and thus that reality there's technical parameters to adhere to , when examining this type of genre - Neil Young & Crazy... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Keys to the Rain
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Neil!
It's Neil Young.....he is my favorite artist and has been since the Buffalo Springfield days. It's time to replace worn CD's.
Published 10 months ago by Sunny8275
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Not one of Neil's best albums, but it still is amazing to listen to. Totally worth buying for any Neil Young fan!
Published 21 months ago by Ty9001
5.0 out of 5 stars It's nice to know...
It's nice to know that there are Neil Young albums out there that haven't been hailed and praised as the greatest album in decades by all the critics that are this wonderful. Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by John Tewksbury
4.0 out of 5 stars Mushroom Music
I only read a couple of positive reviews of this album before i decided to chime in. "Soul Searching" music was used as a description--RIGHT ON MAN!! Read more
Published on January 1, 2011 by PEANUT BUTTER BROWN STONE
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw Young
If you like Neil Young's raw sound without much finesse and you don't mind long tracks, there is good chance that this album could be somehing. Read more
Published on July 31, 2010 by Morten Vindberg
5.0 out of 5 stars aussie bomber
have to agree with some other reviews that this is truly a great cd...just very good lyrics and a mix of up-tempo crazy horse jammin' and soul-searching music. Read more
Published on April 5, 2010 by David Mcleod
4.0 out of 5 stars Ragged Glory, indeed...
Underrated album with superb long rockers followed by shorter, haunting songs. The only misstep is the last track, a lethargic live version of Baby What You Want Me To Do that... Read more
Published on October 23, 2008 by Ian Mark Rosen
4.0 out of 5 stars You're strange, but don't change
Rock stars have a well known dilemma, whether to repeat the things that brought them success, that fans tend to want more of, and that they're usually good at but can lead to a... Read more
Published on August 25, 2008 by Sanpete
2.0 out of 5 stars monotonia incandescente
neil young a lo largo del tiempo nos ha sorprendido por su talento, vehemencia y audacia...tambien es cierto que a veces, en merito a su afan prolifico de permanente busqueda,... Read more
Published on September 29, 2006 by Sergio Rodriguez Heredia
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