This September, Neil Young released his first full length album with Crazy Horse since Broken Arrows
, nearly a decade ago. Young's musical visions of dreams and the everlasting need for hope still echo in every track of Psychedelic Pill
. His authenticity could never be tainted before, so this album is no exception; especially with the backing of the Horse.
"First time I heard 'Like A Rolling Stone' I felt that magic and took it home," Young roars in "Twisted Road."
Ironically, the track starts with a similar guitar sequence as the Grateful Dead's "Friend of the Devil", which may or may not have been accidental. Either way, the piece foreshadows an evolutionary time when the musical process began for Young.
"Driftin' Back" may elude to Young's newest project, PureTone, which he talks about in his autobiography Waging Heavy Peace
. In the book, he claims that MP3s hold barely any of the data that can be found on a vinyl or on his new Puretone files. "My goal is to restore an art form and protect the original art while serving the music lover," writes Young. The vinyl-intended riffs are incredibly apparent on this song. And whether it was made through PureTone or not, we know only Neil Young would make a music video
for a track that's 27-minutes-long.
"Ramada Inn" paints the colors of Young's family life as he looks back on the joys of being a father, lover, and friend. The paradox of an older Young looking back on his life while still sounding like a young man will surely excite long time fans.
We can't begin to count just how many psychedelic pills Young and Crazy Horse could have possibly consumed over the years, but the whistling in "Walk Like A Giant" eludes to the more free-spirited side of Young's limitless boundaries.
It just proves that with old age and lifetime of musical achievements notched onto his belt, there is always room for new music in Young's world. "I'm not sure how many more albums I will make in the future, since they're not even called albums anymore, but I'm looking forward to finding out," Young admits in his book.
Yes, the word "new" may have an infinite number of definitions in Young's mind, but Psychedelic Pill
proves it's possible to release a powerful album
in this day and age. It's just a bonus that he still has the exact same voice as he did when he was twenty.