21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Amps are hot, recording is warm,
This review is from: Ragged Glory (Audio CD)
The songs on this album are outstanding, the writing is direct, the themes are the same ones Neil has always sung about, making relationships last over time, country living, the road. But the way this album was recorded is probably the main reason I keep coming back. Obviously the guitars are all melting and the amps are overdriven and the songs are free-form, but the vocals are right where I want them, and the guitars are so warm that the album never agitates me (and believe me, I've listened to some agitating music - Teengenerate anyone?). I guess the fifth star is gained by the fact that the songs and the band are still more important than the medium, this album isn't noteworthy for its use of feedback and hot guitars, but because everything fits, in a smooth and soulful way. Never gimmick. Always authentic. Neil transcends the genre again.