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Broken Arrow is all about deep longing, and struggling for some light in a dark world. The first three tracks on the album create a trance-like mood that can evoke a mystic state in the listener. There is a sense of the divine underlying the best music, from Beethoven, to Mahler to Robert Simpson. It's there in the jams of the Dead, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa and Eric Clapton in his heroin days. If you let yourself go into this album, you will sense the mystic as strongly as in other great Neil and Crazy Horse jams (Powderfinger, Cortez the Killer, Change Your Mind, Love and Only Love, Down by the River, Last Dance, etc.).
In "Big Time," every pluck of Neil's guitar is a quest for something beautiful that has been lost, or a dream that is fading-an recurring Neil Young image. About six minutes into the song there's a classic Neil Young and Crazy epiphany that explodes with beauty.
"Loose Change" starts out optimistically, but becomes is a quest for something that is never found. It's like a cry for the sun during a horribly dark and gloomy day and, no matter how powerful the cry, the sun never seems to break through. About half way through the song, it's as if Neil and Crazy Horse get stuck in the mud, and the river just goes round and round the same notes.Read more ›
These ideas, of course, are recurring themes in Neil Young's work (overcoming generation gaps, imagining life in other times and places, and working through complex and difficult memories). It is music for lonely people, lost souls, or those searching for meaning in a dark world. At certain times, it is almost eerie, as though he is channeling spiritual messages.
Perhaps the final song, his version of "Baby What You Want Me to Do" could really be interpreted in a spiritual way. It could mean that his muse is a higher power that was telling him what to do when writing and performing the music (like the double-meaning of George Harrison's unintentional channeling of "My Sweet Lord...He's So Fine.") Young might have also chosen to do a cover of "Baby..." because the words of being in a state of flux and turmoil echo the lyrics of other tracks such as "Scattered (Let's Think About Livin')."
It is not an album to be listened to at a party or with commotion. Just as one wouldn't want to meditate or read under those circumstances, one probably shouldn't try to connect with this kind of music with distractions. As he says in "Music Arcade" : "Yeah, I'm talking 'bout getting down...Take it easy...There's no one around..."
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got it fast.as advertised. very happy with purchase. would buy from seller again!Published 14 months ago by Robert T. Toma
I love this album. I listen to it once a week at least. I think "Big Time" is a great song. Very tempted to grab the vinylPublished 14 months ago by Thomas N Godar
Music is very complex to review and examine , and since and thus that reality there's technical parameters to adhere to , when examining this type of genre - Neil Young & Crazy... Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by Keys to the Rain
It's Neil Young.....he is my favorite artist and has been since the Buffalo Springfield days. It's time to replace worn CD's.Published on November 15, 2013 by Sunny8275
Not one of Neil's best albums, but it still is amazing to listen to. Totally worth buying for any Neil Young fan!Published on December 22, 2012 by Ty9001
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