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. A quietly retro mix of guitars and organ-fueled songs, the music simmers rather than boils over.
  2. Throughout, Young's guitarwork--in tone and style--is noticeably on the money, playing his fuzzy, single-note melodic lines with the deliberateness of a horn player.
  3. Blender
    80
    Young sounds fresher here than he has in nearly a decade. [Apr/May 2002, p.110]
  4. 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.
  5. Sure, it's nowhere near his incredible run of the seventies, but it is probably his best album since 1992's Harvest Moon.
  6. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    He hasn't been this off-the-wall in years. [12 Apr 2002, p.74]
  7. 70
    And even though Young laces plenty of signature guitar riffs throughout, Are You Passionate? is for those who appreciate his songwriting as much as if not more than the histrionic fireworks he creates with Crazy Horse.
  8. What makes this Mr. Young-goes-to-Memphis excursion resonate is the trouble that lurks just outside its boundaries.
  9. Just how bad can an LP produced by "Neil Young & Booker T. Jones with Duck Dunn and Poncho Sampedro" be? Not bad at all.
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.