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  • Summary: This mellow, soulful effort features backing from Booker T & the MG's as well as a single track with Crazy Horse.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. A quietly retro mix of guitars and organ-fueled songs, the music simmers rather than boils over.
  2. Some of these songs about life, love, family, friends, and the world seem subtly laced with lyrics inspired by the terrorist attacks, which helps make Are You Passionate? seem not only like a great next step in Young's career but also the best album he could have issued right now.
  3. Sure, it's nowhere near his incredible run of the seventies, but it is probably his best album since 1992's Harvest Moon.
  4. Just how bad can an LP produced by "Neil Young & Booker T. Jones with Duck Dunn and Poncho Sampedro" be? Not bad at all.
  5. The catchy songwriting doesn't sit well next to Neil's crunchy soul, and the performances feel so stiff it makes for an unusually uncomfortable listen.
  6. Instead of sounding like a refreshing change of pace, it's a muddled, aimless affair from an artist that's had too many middling efforts over the last decade.
  7. Young's surprisingly conservative new album, Are You Passionate?, is simply frustrating, and worse, often as risk-averse as a CSNY reunion.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JohnB.
    May 25, 2002
    9
    A passionate new work from Young.
  2. SteveM.
    Jul 16, 2002
    9
    Back to his brilliant best.
  3. IanB.
    Jul 17, 2009
    9
    An album that is a real grower - the soulful side of the legend. This is a lost classic.