• Record Label: Reprise
  • Release Date: Sep 27, 2005
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37

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  1. mikej
    Sep 30, 2005
    0
    weak.
  2. DavidB
    Feb 4, 2006
    2
    Am I the only one who thinks anything Neil manages to pull out of his ass and make up a tune for, isn't necessarily art? For someone who once wrote 'it's better to burn out than it is to rust', old Neil has sure spent a long time rusting. He seems almost completely oxidized. Jeez, he doesn't even attempt to rhyme the lines or even get the meter of his verses to Am I the only one who thinks anything Neil manages to pull out of his ass and make up a tune for, isn't necessarily art? For someone who once wrote 'it's better to burn out than it is to rust', old Neil has sure spent a long time rusting. He seems almost completely oxidized. Jeez, he doesn't even attempt to rhyme the lines or even get the meter of his verses to fit the music. I am a long time Neil fan but this album is just a bunch of whiny geezer guff. Can you tell I was disappointed? Expand
  3. MartinB
    Jul 13, 2006
    2
    I was going to give it a 3, then I decided a 2 was all I could muster. Where do we begin with this one? It sounds like all the songs from "Harvest" that couldn't make the cut. Just because someone is a venerable old artist doesn't mean we lose all sense of taste. In a way, it's an embarrassment. I'm sorry Neil got sick and all with his aneurysm; even better reason for I was going to give it a 3, then I decided a 2 was all I could muster. Where do we begin with this one? It sounds like all the songs from "Harvest" that couldn't make the cut. Just because someone is a venerable old artist doesn't mean we lose all sense of taste. In a way, it's an embarrassment. I'm sorry Neil got sick and all with his aneurysm; even better reason for him not to foist this lame-o stuff on anyone. And the guy who said that "aging Boomers are enjoying getting old with Neil" needs to check his hearing aid. I gave this every chance, but the more I listened, the more it was clear what a major misstep it is. If I was like Neil Young Expand
  4. JasonD
    Nov 25, 2005
    3
    After all of the breathless reveiws, I couldn't wait to hear Prairie Wind. What a letdown. It's like he wasn't even trying when writing these lyrics, rather just scribbling simplistic thoughts and singing them. For mellow, thoughtful Neil, best to get Silver and Gold and forget this one ever came out.
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. The pedal steel guitar playing on the whole record is breathtaking.
  2. Familiar, yes, but not unwelcome. [1 Oct 2005]
  3. 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]