Prairie Wind

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  • Summary: The veteran rocker's first release since recovering from a brain aneurysm includes contributions from Emmylou Harris and Spooner Oldham.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Los Angeles Times
    100
    If Bob Dylan has been for years our best guide to exploring the complexities of human experience, Young may be the songwriter who expresses most eloquently the simple ties that bind us all. [18 Sep 2005]
  2. For once he makes sure he's understood--a matter in which melodies that might otherwise seem overfamiliar are of great service.
  3. In the autumn of his career, this is one of Shaky's best.
  4. It's his simplest music in a while, but it's effective.
  5. The New York Times
    60
    Mr. Young is pushing toward guilelessness in these 10 songs; these are messages of nearly transcendental forgiveness that have lost their old edges of fear and anger. [26 Sep 2005]
  6. Young's music is so rooted in the past, specifically the spirit of the 60s, that his stabs at contemporary relevance sound awkward and even curmudgeonly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. RandyW
    Apr 14, 2007
    10
    I don't know if this review will make this board because I didn't buy the CD, I bought the DVD and I would say GREAT. Neil Youngs I don't know if this review will make this board because I didn't buy the CD, I bought the DVD and I would say GREAT. Neil Youngs Prarie Wind is a tender moving tribute to his friends and family and perhaps a portrayal of the sense of gratitude he feels for the way he was brought up and the "down home open air" lifestyle he embraces and this by a man who again has reached a sort of milestone in his life. What inspires or motivates truly great artists is often times hard to pin down. Not so with Prarie Wind or Neil Young as always, for that matter. This is a portrayal of a man who has obviously faced some difficult times recently and in a most unpretentious and graceful manner Neil gives us his very soul in this one. I found it quite refreshing. Its already been established that Youngs songs will stand the test of time, and although we are quite familier with the catalog in this one...and he's sang these songs countless times...his performence feels refreshed and new. I don't think he had to reach very far to sing these songs and make them feel like he had just written them 5 minutes ago.You can sense watching him that he has been touched and is merely sharing what he knows is a gift, his talent, his friends & his life. The stage setup again is simple yet poignent, the prarie...paying homage to his upringing and the often times overlooked simple yet bountiful lay of the land. I think the over 40 crowd will love and embrace this because it's songs and genuine sentiment are easily identifiable. Here is a Neil Young who has matured (again) to another level and openly shares his feelings in a humble tribute. Here is Neil, dare I say...at his VERY best! He has always shown a sense of balance in his lfe, and I for one respect the fact that with the power and influence he could have misused or weilded through out his career, he has stayed true to his values. Skip the CD and purchase the DVD...truly a better portrayal and perspective of the man and his music! Phenomanal even if your only a remote fan. P.S. I purchased the double disc DVD for the bargain price of $5.95. You get way more than your moneys worth on this one folks! Expand
  2. tonya
    Oct 7, 2005
    10
    neil is da man yo!
  3. MattG
    Oct 19, 2005
    10
    Intimate Neil at his best. It's only a dream ..a few other classics. We need more music like this.
  4. roberts
    Oct 4, 2005
    9
    Definately a grower. Get's better for me with each listen. I have already listened to this more than Greendale and Are You Passionate combined.
  5. LewL
    Oct 21, 2005
    9
    Certainly stronger then his most recent "folk-country" albums including "Harvest Moon." The melodies and lyrics seem to become stronger with Certainly stronger then his most recent "folk-country" albums including "Harvest Moon." The melodies and lyrics seem to become stronger with each listen. Those expecting some new transformation from Neil with be dissappointed. He has been around for over 40 year and you can only re-invent your music so many times. Certainly not another "Harvest", but we shouldn't expect one from Neil. All of us aging baby boomers are enjoying getting old with Neil. Maybe it's not "better to burn out than it is to rust." Expand
  6. dannyb
    Nov 17, 2005
    8
    This is solid. If you like accoustic Neil Young, I'd suggest it.
  7. mikej
    Sep 30, 2005
    0
    weak.

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