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  • Summary: Neil Young resurrects the album title of his unreleased 1977 album for his latest.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Backed with the gusto of big horns, Young's guitar is once again a thing of wonder on this track, now slashing and burning, now playing transcendent dance riffs.
  2. Unlike his recent output, there’s no overarching preoccupation here, there is only a bunch of good tunes.
  3. Chrome Dreams II, on which various Neils commingle to an extent not heard on record since perhaps 1989's "Freedom," immediately comes off as the 61-year-old artist's freshest effort in years.
  4. Overall though, is the album better than "Prairie Wind" or "Living With War"? Yes.
  5. Seven new songs polish Chrome Dreams II, which glides past Young's well-meaning but flaccid new millennial output--"Are You Passionate?" (2002), "Greendale" (2003), and "Living With War" (2006)--in pulling alongside 2005's "Prairie Wind," and near some aforementioned career peaks.
  6. Just when the listener starts reflecting on Young's waning abilities, two songs arrive that suggest the fire is far from out.
  7. While Chrome Dreams II was clearly modeled after his more "classic" sounding work, it finds Young sounding like little more than a knockoff of his former self.

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  1. HughC.
    Oct 22, 2007
    9
    Best NY album for many a year. Great riffs & Neil's voice is on top form. Songs aren't all as strong as they maybe should be but Best NY album for many a year. Great riffs & Neil's voice is on top form. Songs aren't all as strong as they maybe should be but the overall package is very good! Expand
  2. ToddW.
    Oct 25, 2007
    4
    Every time Neil Young releases a new album I wait in excited anticipation for...what? I don't know if my disappointment is a Every time Neil Young releases a new album I wait in excited anticipation for...what? I don't know if my disappointment is a manifestation of age, both his and mine, or the fact that Neil simply hasn't put out a decent album since 'Sleeps with Angels.' This album sounds like the cover looks. Hoary, dusty, and tired in hues of gray. I know he's an icon who has earned some slack, but it is alarming that his latter day musical offerings should seem so, well, insignificant for someone of his talent and stature. Maybe I'm expecting too much from him. Maybe he has finally rusted. Expand