Kaitlin Duffy

REVIEW: Neil Young and Crazy Horse – “Psychedelic Pill”

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A while back Neil Young released a teaser of his cover song “Americana,” along with a series of other great American style classics. And now the much hoped for original album collaboration with the band Crazy Horse: Psychadelic Pill has finally beem released. And after the album dropped, I can definitely say there’s much to be loved about this classic sound that makes me automatically nostalgic for the Young and Crazy Horse’s first duo together, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere.

Before I go any further, let’s me just point out that four of the tracks on Psychedelic Pill exceed 16 minutes of playtime, including the album’s intro that’s a literal 27 minute trip, “Driftin’ Back” through the years of Young.

And you know even without listening that there’s constantly awe-striking guitar solos accompanied with Young’s subversive lyrics that always get me thinking about all the natural wonders of the world and unfortunate, life-changing mishaps of life; Psychadelic Pill is an admixture of Young’s soulful experience of his past journeys, love, and being on the road as a traveling musician.

Young said in his live tweet session that he waited until he was sober to write Psychedelic Pill, something he expressed before also jokingly stating that he really “enjoy[s] talking to himself on Twitter.” He answered a series of selected fans’ questions they had, ranging anywhere from who Young’s muses are and what his favorite contemporary music is as of late.

I want to say Psychadelic Pill’s entirety is a sum of everything he’s done up until now, a sort of retrospective feature of the Canadian born singer/songwriter/performer—and that is most apparent in his song “Born in Ontario,” which is an up beat, fun song about his homelands. “It don’t really matter where I am, it’s what I do and what I can/ This whole world has been good to me, so I try to give back and I try to be free/ I was born in Ontario, I was born in Ontario.// I still like to sing a happy song/ once in a while when things go wrong. I might pick up a pen, scribble on a page/ try to make sense of my inner rage.”

Things slow down a bit and you get a sort of feeling of loneliness on the road in Young’s song “Ramada Inn.” In the video that comes with the digital album on iTunes, this song’s video is a series of people traveling up and down the Pacific Coast Highway 1, very appropriate for the song’s title, giving the listener a sort of free feeling.

Psychadelic Pill is something totally fresh from the legendary rocker, and is even being compared to his hit record Harvest Moon that contains classics such as “Unknown Legend,” and of course, “Harvest Moon,” which goes without saying.

So in other words, Neil Young has definitely still got it. He has shows lined up to promote the work that is his 35th record since his self titled back in 1968—so look out, for Neil is out on the road again!

Track Listing:

Disc One:
01. Driftin’ Back (27:36)
02. Psychedelic Pill (3:26)
03. Ramada Inn (16:49)
04. Born In Ontario (3:49)

Disc Two:
01. Twisted Road (3:28)
02. She’s Always Dancing (8:33)
03. For The Love Of Man (4:13)
04. Walk Like A Giant (16:27)

Bonus Track:
05. Psychedelic Pill (Alternate Mix)

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