Psychedelic Pill - Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Jan 4, 2013
    He's still evolving, and though the double CD Psychedelic Pill is far from nostalgic, he's spending a helluva lot of time looking back. [No. 94, p.61]
  2. Dec 7, 2012
    As a collection, Psychedelic Pill is spotty and, at times, sleep-inducing.
  3. Nov 21, 2012
    Soft-focus memories echo through all 88 minutes. [Dec 2012, p.89]
  4. Nov 21, 2012
    It has the messy, majestic sprawl of classic Crazy Horse. [Dec 2012, p.115]
  5. Nov 8, 2012
    Psychedelic Pill [is] yet another oddity in a catalog filled with them: it's noise rock as comfort food.
  6. Nov 7, 2012
    It's sad to report then, that Psychedelic Pill is nothing less than a crushing disappointment as it gives way to Young's most meandering and directionless tendencies.
  7. Nov 6, 2012
    Not for the fainthearted or short of attention, several of Psychedelic Pill's tracks drag on--wildly and intoxicatingly, of course, so there's little room for boredom to set in.
  8. Nov 5, 2012
    It veers from cautious optimism, to sadness and to those odd moments where you feel anything's possible. Young and Crazy Horse continue to run free.
  9. Nov 1, 2012
    What we get on Psychedelic Pill are stream-of-consciousness attempts ("Driftin' Back"), along with musings on the grim reality of old age ("Ramada Inn") and the regrets that come with it ("Walk Like A Giant").
  10. 91
    Psychedelic Pill allows pretty haunted melodies like "She's Always Dancing" to seep into the gaps between the jagged solos. [2 Nov 2012, p.68]
  11. Oct 31, 2012
    Too often bloat tempers the brilliance.
  12. 70
    Psychedelic Pill is a maximalist work from Young; he has taken the central premise of one of his many musical sides and stretched its vision as far as it will go.
  13. Oct 31, 2012
    It's a monster, coursing with primal ferocity and sending wave upon wave of le noise directly at your gut.
  14. Oct 30, 2012
    Psychedelic Pill is earnest and perverse, simplistic and complicated, epic and underachieving--guess the old cuss still has it in him after all.
  15. Oct 30, 2012
    The results are the most pleasant kind of rambling imaginable.
  16. Oct 30, 2012
    Psychedelic Pill may be the best album Neil Young has ever done with Crazy Horse.
  17. Oct 30, 2012
    At its best, Psychedelic Pill is an invigorating, ramshackle, heavy beast. At its worst, it's enjoyably daft.
  18. Oct 30, 2012
    Half of these tracks are under four-and-a-half minutes, which makes Psychedelic Pill a vehicle for some of the most intense and blistering (and longest) tunes Neil Young & Crazy Horse have ever put to tape.
  19. Oct 30, 2012
    Psychedelic Pill, with all its gritty warmth and haunting memories, is among his homiest.
  20. Oct 30, 2012
    The sonic territory on Young's latest is perhaps a bit too expansive to be considered iconic or essential, but it proves that the 66-year-old rocker shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
  21. Oct 30, 2012
    Young may feel like the last hippie standing, but he still sounds like a guy who believes the dreaming is not done.
  22. Oct 30, 2012
    Everything great about Neil Young, electric guitarist, is on full display, his singular tone veering from feral growls and feedback to blistering fury while the other three egg him on with subtle, perennially underrated counterpoint.
  23. Oct 29, 2012
    Psychedelic Pill doesn't try to ingratiate itself with new fans. It's a take-it-or-leave-it proposition, and one worth taking.
  24. Even if [Psychedelic Pill is not essential], it's by some way the best non-essential album Neil Young has ever made.
  25. Oct 29, 2012
    The foursome may be interrupted by time and circumstance, but whenever they find themselves in a room together with their instruments they pick up the conversation exactly where they left off.
  26. Oct 29, 2012
    The man refuses to be parcelled up into neat bitstreams and that's never been clearer than on this uneven but involving album. This, it seems, is his message: embrace the sprawl.
  27. 70
    The problem with Psychedelic Pill, and it's a substantial one, is that, besides that inspired ending, the instrumental passages don't distinguish themselves as being all that memorable.
  28. 80
    If the thought of tackling Young's longest ever studio album hasn't scared you off, you must be a fan. In which case, prepare yourself for a treat.
  29. Oct 26, 2012
    It's a loose album, an indulgent album, and not all likeable but, unlike any other outfit of their tenure, they maintain a raw punch as if recording in a local bar for the sheer blast of it.
  30. Oct 25, 2012
    Shakey's first album of original songs with the Horse since 1996 wears their trademark sound like an old slipper – beautiful harmonies, plaintive chord changes and chugging country-rock rhythms that allow Young's improvised guitar solos room to roam.
  31. Oct 25, 2012
    This isn't a conventional album by the ordinary standards of today, but it's fantastic. Crazy Horse are the perfect band for this sort of wistful noise, carrying both Young's simple melodies and his love of stretching out with equal ease.
  32. Oct 25, 2012
    What really sets Psychedelic Pill out as some of Young's strongest work in a while though are those other epic tracks, which deliver that expansive, explorative sound with some deeper voyages into the singer's thoughts.
  33. Oct 23, 2012
    It's longwinded, taxing, and crunchily dissonant, bereft of even the token acoustic gem-not an album to be tinkered with by anyone who isn't already firmly in the Crazy Horse saddle. For those who are, the album will be something close to a revelation.
  34. Oct 23, 2012
    Psychedelic Pill is exactly the kind of noisy, joyfully loose and oddly hypnotizing guitar album we love Crazy Horse for.
  35. Oct 23, 2012
    To some, Psychedelic Pill will seem like a monumental work of self-indulgence. To others, though, its heft and eccentricity make it one of the purest expressions of Young's genius to date.
  36. 80
    Young's best album in some while.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Oct 31, 2012
    A huge helping of subtle, loose and sprawling guitar psychedelia for your next road (or home) trip. Two of the shorter tracks are out of place and therefore throwaways hence the 8. Would be a 9 if not for that. Full Review »
  2. May 24, 2014
    So good to see and hear Neil with the Horse again. Some amazing songs (the long ones!) make you feel a bit sorry for the short ones that get a bit lost in there. Gotta love the lyrics of "Driftin' Back": "Gonna get me a hip hop haircut... Don't want no MP3". Personal favourite is "Walk Like a Giant", but there is not one really weak song on this one. We want more of this. :-) Full Review »
  3. Nov 6, 2012
    White people should not be appropriating the name Crazy Horse. You guys have no idea who he was and what kinds of activism are necessary to bring about the justice he believed in. Full Review »