Greendale (Bonus DVD) CD+DVD
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Without that previous experience, this album might have sounded like so much grungy sludge when I bought it.
Luckily for the new exposee, Neil has thoughtfully provided a live DVD (accoustic, so it's not too much Horse overkill) that fleshes out the storyline. Buy this CD, but watch the DVD first. With that concert under your belt, the true power of these songs rise to the surface.
Regarding the story and music... some comparisons to Our Town are apt -- put that great play through a blender with Neil's earlier multi-generational and drug-related works (think Harvest & Tonight's the Night) and you get a good idea of what he's trying to do. The tunes are vintage Horse -- more Zuma and Broken Arrow than Ragged Glory. The melancholy that permeates the middle half of this record seems indicative of Neil's view on society as a whole: he doesn't get it, he doesn't particularly like it, and it makes him sad.
Lucky for us: a sad, cranky Neil Young makes some beautiful and thought-provoking music.
The point is reflection.Neil has always been known for the self-reflective statement.To a fault,if to judge by the legion of lame,self-pitying,whiny legions of imitators he has inspired in his wake.On this record,he has chosen to reflect himself through the stories of others.
1st Criticism of this record by "reviewers": songs are boring,meander too long,all sound the same etc. Well,the point to this work is that everyone's life is a song. Everyone,not just flashy self-possessed rock stars of which Neil is very self-admittedly one of himself. And if the life is a song,should not the song reflect the form and feeling of the life itself?? The people whose stories are here told lead the slow,meandering, repetitive lives that we who live in big cities wish to stay as far away from as possible.Those who are bored by the songs may not wish to be reminded of the slowness and seeming meaninglessness of life itself.Can't really blame them,but every life dosen't have a chorus,dosen't resolve into the formulaic,dosen't burn out and not fade away in the accepted fashion.Read more ›
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Bandit is the main reason I wanted to own this CD. I haven't watched the DVR yet. The sound is repetitive, but who cares? It's NEIL YOUNG. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Cheryl Evans
if neil young wants to rock, he makes albums with the crazy horse, which never disappoints me.so when I want to rock, I listen to any neil and crazy horse albums.Published 5 months ago by boogie woog
The DVD Isn't USA region & wouldn't play! My computer offered to do a 1 of 5 region change but I could only watch it then change regions again (U can only do that 5 times)! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cole K.
The bonus DVD has Neil's solo version of this story. By himself he brings out the awesome uniqueness of each song.Published 11 months ago by Letha Bice
I'm a long time comin' to this album. I'm not a Rustie, but I've been a big fan since '72. Been checking out Shakey's back catalog after being stone cold floored by PSYCHEDELIC... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Unlucky Frank
A clever rebel-flavor musical of Neil Young music . . . can't fail. Loved the visual tie-ins to music lyrics.Published 19 months ago by Toni A. Dietkus
This is the very best cd I have ever heard from Neil Young. It's relaxing, mellow & rockin' all at the same time. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Karen Knobelsdorf