Psychedelic Pill - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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  • Summary: The second release in 2012 for Neil Young and Crazy Horse is its first album of original music since 2003's Greendale.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. 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]
  2. Oct 30, 2012
    80
    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.
  3. 80
    Young's best album in some while.
  4. Nov 21, 2012
    80
    Soft-focus memories echo through all 88 minutes. [Dec 2012, p.89]
  5. Oct 30, 2012
    70
    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.
  6. Nov 8, 2012
    70
    Psychedelic Pill [is] yet another oddity in a catalog filled with them: it's noise rock as comfort food.
  7. Nov 7, 2012
    40
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 24, 2014
    10
    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. :-) Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2012
    10
    Psychedelic Pill follows on the heels of Americana, and like that bent yet outstanding imagining of traditional songs in a rockin' vernacular that only Neil and the Horse ride with joyful freedom, this bunch of close to 90 minutes of untethered, free-range rock 'n' roll among an alliance of friends shakes with wild abandon. Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2012
    8
    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. Expand
  4. Nov 6, 2012
    0
    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. Expand