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  • Audio CD (August 16, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: August 16, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B000002MUC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,370 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Certified gold by the RIAA 10/94

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If Neil Young has a pronounced weakness, it's a lack of focus. Restless to a fault, he's apt to rush into the recording studio without fully forming his ideas. Sleeps with Angels is that kind of album--and yet it's one of his best. Jarred by the death of Kurt Cobain (the rock & roll martyr quoted Young in his suicide note), he dashed off this collection of songs in 1994 with backing from his steadfast electric warriors, Crazy Horse. At least two songs--the title track and "Change Your Mind"--seem to directly refer to Cobain. Others--"Driveby" and "Safeway Cart" among the most striking--are mesmerizing and gloomy. Still others--"Piece of Crap," "Blue Eden"--are raw and cutting. Goes to show an elegy, no matter how somber, needn't be a hushed affair. --Steven Stolder

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Sleeps with Angels is one of Neil Young's deepest and best albums.
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I highly recommend the album if you are already a fan but this one may be hard to start with.
steve
Most all of the songs have haunting, beautiful arrangements and fine melodies.
Bill R. Moore

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on April 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a definite candidate for Neil Young's best album ever; it is, quite simply, a beautiful, haunting melancholy masterpiece. It came as quite a surprise to everyone after the raging, upbeat Ragged Glory, did this gloomy series of death odes. Inspired no doubt in part by the suicide of Kurt Cobain - which occurred during the recording of this album; at least two songs (the title track and Change Your Mind) seem to be about the fallen rocker, who quoted one of Neil's songs in his suicide note - this album is a series dark, moving, extremely powerful vignettes that rank it among the most moving and amazing albums I have ever heard. This is surely the most diverse record from Neil to feature Crazy Horse: it's not the endless heavy jamming that you may well expect. The album is fairly musically diverse: the bookend tracks on the album feature beautiful, moving tack piano playing from Neil, and Prime of Life even features him performing on the flute. Tough-as-nails guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro even turns in delicate performances on the piano on more than a handful of tracks. The set features one of Neil's most moving and harrowing set of lyrics ever - on par with Tonight's The Night, but perhaps even gloomier. Most all of the songs are overtly concerned with death (the light filler track Piece of [Junk] (undoubtedly included to lighten the mood after nearly an hour's worth of heavy listening) nonwithstanding), and Neil turns in some of his most beautiful, delicate vocals ever here. The vocal melodies from the band are quite great as well. Most all of the songs have haunting, beautiful arrangements and fine melodies. However, although the lyrics, vocals, and vocal melodies on this album are almost universally outstanding, the music matches the mood precisely, and is often great as well.Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2004
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I hated to album when I first heard it, but I really didn't give it close attention. I expected something to reach out and grab me the way "Freedom" or "Ragged Glory" did, and my initial assessment was a sloppy, tired, boring failure. But over the years a lot of people have prodded me, telling me it's much better than that, and having given it a real chance, I have to admit I was wrong. It's one of Neil's most interesting albums, sonically and lyrically. The harrowing atmosphere has been compared to that surrounding "Tonight's The Night," but the sound is very different. Here, it's almost apocalyptic, with a heavy and occasionally experimental production that you won't find on Neil's more well-known albums.
"My Heart" is pretty strange and off-kilter song. On paper, the words could have come out of a Broadway show, but when you hear this song sung in a quivering, straining vocal, occasionally double-tracked in a way that feels slightly off, and played on that tack piano out of "Touch of Evil," it really gets under your skin after awhile. This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the CD where just about everything has something disturbing about it. On the title track, the immediate impact and tremendous loss of Cobain's death on his wife is surrounded in the most oppressive sound to ever grace a Neil Young record. He may have achieved greater levels of distortion elsewhere, but the dirge-like lyrics with the desperate, off-key chorus occasionally surfacing throughout the song makes this even more harrowing, the aural equivalent of a Franz Kafka novel.
I could go on an on (the ominous throb of the strange road epic "Trans Am", etc.) if I had the space.
But it's not all doom and gloom.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 1999
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Lots of artists have tried to say something meaningful about the death of Kurt Cobain, but Neil actually succeeds here. Though not every song directly addresses Kurt, it obviously influenced the overall feeling. The lullabyes framing this album make me wanna cry myself to sleep. "Change Your Mind", a revisitation of "Cowgirl in the Sand" musically, stands alone as one of Neil's best songs in terms of songwriting and performance. The urban terror of Safeway Cart paints a terribly accurate portrait. If you liked the album Tonight's the Night or Lou Reed's Magic and Loss, then this should be right up your alley.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Kiner on January 11, 2001
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This is the album that made me a Neil Young fan. I really don't feel like I can recommend it highly enough. The only low point is the aptly named "Piece of Crap". Such a simple novelty rock song as that one couldn't possibly be more out of place on this album. The rest of the album by far makes up for it, however. Personal favorites are the muddled and eerie "Sleeps with Angels", "Blue Eden", an extended guitar jam with only a few lines of mournfully called out lyrics, and "A Dream That Can Last", the beatiful closing tune accompanied by Neil's slightly off-time tack piano. Even the softer, folkier songs have Crazy Horse's trademark 'precisely wrong' quality. You get the idea that it took a lot of work to make these songs sound this disjointed. If you're scared of experimentation (quick quiz: is Harvest your favorite Neil Young album? )you may as well stay away. But if you appreciate Neil's more muddled side (more along the lines of Tonites the Night) then you're bound to count this amongst your favorite albums.
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