Are You Passionate?

Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. For the most part, Are You Passionate? feels like an after-hours session, its songs weary and a little lost, but at times, Young makes those qualities work for him.
  2. 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.
  3. Mostly what you'll hear, though, is the hollow sound of a man needing a good, long break.
  4. 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.
  5. Uncut
    40
    Where there was once ragged glory there is now only a sort of bludgeoning earnestness which, as in the nine-minute "Goin' Home," blusters a lot to little effect. [May 2002, p.108]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

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