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  • Artist(s): Neil Young, Crazy Horse
  • Summary: The 39th studio release for the Canadian singer-songwriter with his Crazy Horse band is his first with Nils Lofgren since 1971 and was produced with John Hanlon.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
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  1. 100
    Colorado shows that Young, at 73, has lost none of his outrage and passion. ... Saying so much, so beautifully, Colorado was worth the wait.
  2. 80
    Sure, it’s not as relentless as 2015’s ‘The Monsanto Years’ – his concept album about the evils of the monolithic, genetically modifying agriculture business – but his commitment to a better way of doing things seeps through each of the 10 songs here.
  3. Oct 21, 2019
    80
    The songwriting leged could easily be rehashing old songs and playing it safe, but instead he’s written an album full of catchy songs, searing riffs about hope for the future, rather than dwelling on the past.
  4. Oct 25, 2019
    80
    Young offers up rough and ready songs about the state of the environment, slightly mollified by dreamy ballads for his third wife, Daryl Hannah (the Splash star is characterised as “a mermaid in the Milky Way”), sung in a tender, trembling falsetto.
  5. Oct 31, 2019
    80
    More than 50 years later, the fuzzed-out riffs and mellow harmonies are still intact, the lyrics just as heartfelt.
  6. Oct 31, 2019
    70
    At a time when a great album from Neil Young would have been more than welcome, Colorado is instead a good one, but it's recognizably the work of a great artist, and that's more than can be said of the last few offerings Young has given us.
  7. Oct 22, 2019
    60
    Its highs—vintage Crazy Horse guitar workouts, a small handful of charmingly intimate ballads—are intermittently marred by the same sort of problems that have characterized Young’s recent solo work. This includes particularly tuneless vocals and a tendency toward clunky, Facebook uncle-level environmentalist and political ranting.

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  1. Oct 25, 2019
    10
    The album definitely grows on you. The sublety of Green is Blue makes it one of the best songs Neil has written in years.
  2. Oct 31, 2019
    8
    A slightly clumsy and occasionally meandering attempt to couple the stately folk of a Young solo album with the frenzied proto-grunge typicalA slightly clumsy and occasionally meandering attempt to couple the stately folk of a Young solo album with the frenzied proto-grunge typical of Crazy Horse, the album is nevertheless Young's strongest non-archival effort in nearly a decade. Expand