Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. This record demands a room full of quiet and your undivided attention. Listen to it any other way and you may be disappointed, even bored, by it. And that will be your hard luck, because Silver and Gold is Neil Young at his hushed, acoustic best: simple, romantic, direct.
  2. Silver & Gold is as pretty an album as Young's created yet...
  3. A wonderfully warm recording, Silver & Gold is country-folk soaked in co-producer Ben Keith's crying pedal steel, Neil's harmonica, fiddles, acoustic guitars and even Emmylou and Linda for good measure on one cut.
  4. A wonderfully subtle, often moving collection of acoustic tunes that illuminates Young's incomparable tunesmithing and a voice that can deliver volumes of emotion and subtext in a simple phrase.
  5. 80
    A mellow, tender, easy album...
  6. With hushed arrangements that feature little more than acoustic guitar and piano over bass and drums, plus the occasional steel guitar or pump organ, the album is Young at his simplest and most easygoing.
  7. 70
    This one finds him getting almost downright sappy. But it suits him well.
  8. Gently acoustic, peacefully steeped in nostalgia and remembrance, it generates a warm glow of grace...
  9. Most of the time these low-key meditations on enduring love and friendship ring true...
  10. This is Young's strongest set of songs in years, but the disc just isn't compelling.
  11. A pleasant sound, to be sure, but not exactly what Young followers were expecting.
  12. These 10 well-culled copyrights, two from the '80s and only four from 2000, are something new and ominous, because they're dull. They smell of equine methane: the old-fart hegemony that fuels alt-country, AC radio, and literary anthologies canonizing Ry Cooder, Ernie K-Doe, and Spooner Oldham.
  13. Overall, though, this is one of those odd little albums that the ever-prolific Young comes up with periodically -- dotted with a few flashes of inspiration, ultimately sunk by a lot of by-rote artistic adequacy.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 2, 2012
    10
    One of my favourite Neil Young albums by far. Razor Love and Without Rings are the best! Not for rockin out of course, but for gettingOne of my favourite Neil Young albums by far. Razor Love and Without Rings are the best! Not for rockin out of course, but for getting mellow it's fantastic! Full Review »
  2. petbog
    Sep 26, 2006
    9
    The older I am, the better this album sounds. I like live DVD version with some extra songs (taken from Looking Forward CSNY album). Strong The older I am, the better this album sounds. I like live DVD version with some extra songs (taken from Looking Forward CSNY album). Strong melodies. This one is IMHO much better than LwW or Prairie Wind. Better songs than on the other albums. Full Review »
  3. KennyM
    Oct 4, 2005
    10
    This is Neil Young at his very best. Honestly one of the most amazing albums I have even heard in my entire life. Neil Young stays entirely This is Neil Young at his very best. Honestly one of the most amazing albums I have even heard in my entire life. Neil Young stays entirely away from orchestral arrangements, brass, and electric guitars for the entire album and the result is his most powerful album. Full Review »