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Sleeps With Angels [CD]

Neil Young, Crazy HorseAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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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: #44,663 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Certified gold by the RIAA 10/94

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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Masterpiece 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a masterpiece, but very interesting nonetheless March 2, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty in the Gloom February 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums January 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best, Harvest but far from his worst, Tonight's the Night
Not his best but far from his worst. Don't see a lot of comparison to tonight's the night, I like it better. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mitchell a.
5.0 out of 5 stars When Dreams Coming Crashing Down Like Trees
Sleeps with Angels is one of Neil Young's deepest and best albums. In fairness, it's also one of his weirdest and takes a bit of getting-used-to. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Word Nerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young's Best CD!
In my opinion this is Young's best CD by far. I know that might be sacrilege to some, but I don't mean it to be. This is just a great CD. Read more
Published 7 months ago by themusicaddict
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delicate and Beautifully Dark Record.
Neil Young's third studio album of the 1990s', "Sleeps With Angels," doesn't quite seem to get the attention that his three previous releases ("Freedom," "Ragged Glory," and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anthony Nasti
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil- the legend
Neil Young comes through yet again on this disc that includes one number with a truly inspired extended-jam session, along with the title tracks and several other solid numbers. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Meatyore
5.0 out of 5 stars A Somber Crazy Horse
This album is very different; in one way, it's very tuney, but in another way, it's dark, haunting, and somber. We get a mixed bag with this album featuring Crazy Horse. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Todd7
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem Of An Album!
From the opening toy piano on My Heart all the way through the the meloncholy plea for peace on the closing tune " A Dream That Can Last, this is a definitive Neil Young record... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dennis Willard
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Holiday Gift Brought Back Many Memories.
Thank you this purchase was made just in time for the holidays and the great price was perfect for my budget my friend loved it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Stephanie Irvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil at his best...
The "Change Your Mind" cut is worth the price of the album alone. Reminds me of some of his early stuff with Crazy Horse.
Published 22 months ago by Dale C. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Neil Young diehearts
If you love Neil Young, you owe it to yourself to get this album. I have found that my favorite albums take a bit of time for me to understand and appreciate. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mike419
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