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Although this is widely known as one of the seminal guitar albums in the history of rock, there are two paradoxes in that claim. First, a couple of the songs are entirely acoustic and feature none of the grungy guitar found throughout the rest of the disc. "Pardon My Heart" is not merely acoustic, but soft and gentle as well. "Through My Sails" is a Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song. For me, it is the weakest cut on the album, and a potent reminder to me of why I prefer Neil Young on his own. The second paradox is that in many ways Neil Young really isn't a very good guitarist. Technically, there are probably a host of high school guitarists that surpass him. His solos are some of the most elementary in the history of rock. Nonetheless, Young seems to get more musical mileage out of relatively meager chops of any guitarist in history. He might not be a virtuoso, but in this album he virtually reinvents grunge guitar, and paved the way for a host of imitators.
Guitar aside, what drives this amazing album is the great, great songs that line up one after another. "Don't Cry No Tears" gives way for the even more stunning "Danger Bird." A couple of songs later we get one of my favorite Young songs, "Barstool Blues.Read more ›
As for the music, well it speeks for itself. Zuma opens with 'Dont Cry No Tears' which is labled a nice little grunge song which it kind of is but I would just say its a killer rock song done Neil Young style. 'Danger Bird' is a nice slower song with great vocals from Young, and boy is this a good song, man you really gotta hear to fully grasp how wonderful it is. Much like 'Danger Bird' 'Pardon My Heart' is another slower acoustical song done as only Neil could do. While the last two songs were slower 'Lookin For Love' is an upbeat country flavored rock song that is exactly what people came to know Neil for and songs like this one are what made the man famous.
'Barstole Blues' may very well be the very best song that Neil Young ever wrote and recorded. The guitar is great, and his lyrics are really great as well. But for me its all about the delivery, and Neil is known for playing and singing with intense passion, but not like this, the way he sings this song is nothing short of amazing.Read more ›
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So glad I bought this again. I had it years ago, and the songs are just as fantastic now as they were then. It's the only Neil Young I really like, and I like it to death. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Karen L. Parlette
Neil with Crazy Horse, another seminal work. Easily one of his ten best albums.Published 5 months ago by Ken in Delaware
LOVE LOVE Neil Young! Easy to listen to, inspiring to join in. Absolutely love Cortez the Killer!Published 5 months ago by Tiny
One of my very favorite albums, ever!!!
So glad to have a copy again & so very very reasonable priced!
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