Neil Young: Greendale (Reprise)

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Neil Young: Bringin' Down Dinner
Neil Young: Greendale (Reprise)

Neil Young's Greendale confirms "quirky" and "eccentric" aren't always endearing qualities, especially on a song-cycle about three generations of a family which ... blah-blah.

With Crazy Horse he wades through the dreary narrative in the voices of the various characters (all sounding exactly like Neil Young) and piles on his musical cliches. 

The album is peppered with lazy writing: "When I was young people wore what they had on," is but one of the lyrical clunkers.

"Fair damsel", Neil?

There's a film and stage production apparently -- which the few who've seen say helps comprehension considerably -- but this, as an office wag noted, could be the first album to go straight to video. 


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Gavin Hancock - Dec 13, 2011

One of my fave Neil Young albums since I acquired it in 2004. Listened from top to toe again the other night and I found that it's slipped down the leader board somewhat...many of the lyrics ane scenes are conspicuously bad. Oh well, that Crazy Horse backing can't be beat and Mr. Young is to be admired for such an epic concept (album/book/film/stage show/etc).

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