A gnarly whopper of a treat
8 / 10
Laziness is the last thing you could accuse Neil Young of. Having reunited with Crazy Horse for June’s ‘Americana’ album, the veteran Canadian singer-songwriter now presents his second album of 2012, and it’s a whopper. ‘Psychedelic Pill’ weighs in as follows: nine tracks, a running time of 88 minutes, and a 28-minute opener titled ‘Driftin’ Back’. That’s a double CD or triple vinyl. If the thought of tackling Young’s longest ever studio album hasn’t scared you off, you must be a fan. In which case, prepare yourself for a treat, because two tracks here – ‘Ramada Inn’ and ‘Walk Like A Giant’ – could sit among Young’s best. Writing his autobiography (Waging Heavy Peace) seems to have brought out some biting nostalgia in the old dog – both in the lyrics, which look back to the ’60s, and in the sound, which harks back to the angry young Young of ‘Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere’ and the fuzzed-up, solo-heavy rock of ‘Live Rust’. Gnarly.
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