Greendale

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  • Summary: Credited to Neil Young & Crazy Horse (expect electric rather than acoustic), this latest offering by the 57-year-old rocker is a 10-song concept album about the lives of the fictitious Green family.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Not only does Young accomplish his goal of creating a musical storyline that transcends the tedium and self-indulgence of your average concept album, but he's also crafted his finest set of songs since at least Freedom and Ragged Glory.
  2. It all adds up to a very good record -- one that is interesting, and one that satisfies musically.
  3. The problem with Greendale-the-CD is that too many songs rely on simple blues vamps that neither Young nor Crazy Horse manages to rave up into their trademark protogrunge.... But you keep listening because he's created real setting, plot, and character.
  4. A soothing, gentle rock'n'roll opus.
  5. Instances of clarity and grace alternate with wodges of unfathomable nonsense that a good editor would have blue-pencilled from the first draft.
  6. Young's nomadic narrative requires its own Cliffs Notes, and the lack of cohesion or focus (which Young pretty much cops to in the liner notes) give the record less heft than the irate rambling of your neighborhood curmudgeon.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 40
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 40
  3. Negative: 2 out of 40
  1. DavidH
    Aug 22, 2003
    10
    A classic...as a comment on our times and for just great music. "Bandit" rates with the best songs Neil, or anyone for that matter, has ever A classic...as a comment on our times and for just great music. "Bandit" rates with the best songs Neil, or anyone for that matter, has ever written. 'Nuff said. Expand
  2. Jan 2, 2012
    10
    I love this album! The combination of the story and the music does it for me every time. No clue why it's not higher rated by theI love this album! The combination of the story and the music does it for me every time. No clue why it's not higher rated by the critics; it's one of his best modern albums by far in my opinion. Expand
  3. Dan
    Sep 15, 2003
    10
    This album is destined to take it's place among Neil's finest. See it live if you can.
  4. CharlieD
    Sep 22, 2003
    10
    10 brand new Neil Youngs and they're as good as anything he has ever done. Go see the show. His stage play of Greendale will have you 10 brand new Neil Youngs and they're as good as anything he has ever done. Go see the show. His stage play of Greendale will have you buying the CD the next day. Guaranteed!!! Expand
  5. MarkH
    Oct 19, 2004
    10
    An amazing album.. I sat in stunned silence as thing unwound like a weird, musical snake. Tales of doping and cop killing and a call to An amazing album.. I sat in stunned silence as thing unwound like a weird, musical snake. Tales of doping and cop killing and a call to revolution....reaches deep down inside ....and grabs you Expand
  6. AntonisM
    Aug 25, 2003
    9
    Excellent! A very nice work by Neil Young both in music and lyrics! The bonus dvd is very good too and i found the idea of giving us the Excellent! A very nice work by Neil Young both in music and lyrics! The bonus dvd is very good too and i found the idea of giving us the opportunity to hear the electric songs in an acoustic mode very very interesting.I personally enjoyed the acoustic versions more than the electric! This cd will stay in my cd-player for a long time.Thank you Neil! Expand
  7. austinj
    Sep 20, 2003
    0
    load of crap

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