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Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Psychedelic Pill

Not everything in this new album succeeds, but when it does, “it does so on an epic scale.”

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The second release of the year from Neil Young and his mates in Crazy Horse “has the roiling honesty and brutal exuberance of their best records together,” said David Fricke in Rolling Stone. The first album of original material that these proto-grunge senior citizens have made in a decade, it’s a gorgeously messy affair, and even “opens with a special perversity: the thumping, 27-minute fuzz-box trance” of “Driftin’ Back.” That sets the stage for Young’s longest studio album to date—nearly 90 minutes of music spread over just nine tracks. “Not everything works,” particularly the two versions of the “slight” title track, said Ben Greenman in The New Yorker. But when the album succeeds, “it does so on an epic scale.” The 16-minute “Walk Like a Giant” has “an eerie whistled hook,” and it eventually “dissolves into a collage of clanging percussion, industrial-strength guitars, and wordless harmonies,” the perfect coda for a “protean, exhausting, energizing record.”

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