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"One of the most ambitious works of his career...a great artist once again at the peak of his game." (Chicago Tribune) "Young has rarely sounded so fresh and inspired...an uncompromising artist with the courage to follow his muse." (Chicago Sun Times) For the first time in his storied career, Neil Young has created a fictional place filled with characters and incidents and written an album about them. The album, and the place, is Greendale and the people are the Green family. The songs are among the most personal he's ever penned, ranging from the dark and biting to the light and humorous. Still surprising and still stirring it up, Young adds a stunning new album to his place in rock history with Greendale.
Neil Young has long been one of rock's great romantics, mourning the utopian ideals of the "hippie" '60s and his vision of what America was or at least should have been. In some ways, Greendale--which could be described as a "rock novel"--adds a mourning for humanity itself to the mix, as Young presents his vision of America 2003 via the story of a fictional family in a small California town. There's drama galore--a cop is killed by a drug dealer; Grandpa has a fatal heart attack while pointing a gun at a TV reporter--but most of these songs also work individually as terrific rock tunes. It's a more subdued Crazy Horse this time out, with only Neil on lead guitar and little of the distorted rage found on albums like Ragged Glory. But "Grandpa's Interview" has a gorgeous riff that recalls Zuma's "Don't Cry No Tears"; "Be the Rain" is a genuine Neil Young anthem about love, peace, saving the planet, and doing the right thing. A few pieces sound a tad meandering at first, which could lead one to conclude that Greendale is only a good Neil Young album. Repeated listening, however, should confirm that Greendale is a great Neil Young album. --Bill HoldshipSee all Editorial Reviews
The bonus DVD has Neil's solo version of this story. By himself he brings out the awesome uniqueness of each song.Published 28 days ago by Donald Bice
I'm a long time comin' to this album. I'm not a Rustie, but I've been a big fan since '72. Been checking out Shakey's back catalog after being stone cold floored by PSYCHEDELIC... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Unlucky Frank
A clever rebel-flavor musical of Neil Young music . . . can't fail. Loved the visual tie-ins to music lyrics.Published 9 months ago by Toni A. Dietkus
This is the very best cd I have ever heard from Neil Young. It's relaxing, mellow & rockin' all at the same time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Karen Knobelsdorf
Wow! I keep listening and listening to it! Mr.Young seems to go through phases in his life where his albums are either awesome or awful. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kamiyahagi
I'm a lifelong Neil Young fan. I found this particular album to be unlistenable.
The songs are not up to par with the best of Youngs work.
I've been a Neil Young fan for only about a year, but have purchased 14 or 15 albums in that time. Each album was bought on the spur of the moment so
the year the album was... Read more
I love this cd/dvd.It is music that has something to say.I miss music that has something to say.All you hear from most popular music these days is just mindless crap. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by Steve
This 2003 release by Neil Young and those grungy guys of Crazy Horse is a solid (but not super) collection of songs that basically tell a story. Read morePublished on June 9, 2013 by Todd7