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  • Artist(s): Promise of the Real
  • Summary: The latest release for the Canadian singer-songwriter was recorded during his 2015 tour with The Promise of the Real and features overdubbed sounds of animals and insects.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
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  1. Jun 22, 2016
    88
    Earth is an engaging, highly credible recording that burns with a fire of its own. From beginning to end, it is brave, uncompromising, cracked up and beautiful.
  2. Jun 24, 2016
    70
    Anybody looking for a straight-up document of Young & the Promise of the Real may very well be disappointed--all those pesky critters keep getting in the way--but Earth is better because of its inspired madness: the weirdness isn't merely a reason to listen, but it elevates the album to the status of one of Young's genuinely inspired nutso albums.
  3. Magnet
    Aug 9, 2016
    70
    Pushing his backing band (featuring Willie Nelson’s kids Lukas and Micah Nelson on guitars and vocals) into a stomping Crazy Horse vibe, Young provides the album’s frills with his keening voice and bracing guitar. [No. 133, p.60]
  4. 67
    In many places, Young squeezed the squawks and yelps into the center of the songs, creating surprisingly fine hooks. Three songs from Monsanto turn up here, in versions far angrier, and sharper than the studio takes. The rest of the set cherry-picks environmental songs from throughout Young’s catalogue.
  5. Jul 15, 2016
    60
    The results are messy, fascinating and frustrating all at once.
  6. Jun 29, 2016
    60
    For those of us who've been following his twisting career for decades, for a lifetime, it's hard to complain too vociferously when Neil Young makes yet another daft musical statement. It's just what he does. Sometimes it works; often it doesn't.
  7. Q Magazine
    Jul 26, 2016
    40
    On first listen, it's sufficiently preposterous to be amusing, but over time, predictably, becomes intrusive and annoying. [Sep 2016, p.114]

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  1. May 28, 2017
    7
    Worth noting for its strangeness alone, "Earth" is a good live album by Neil Young and The Promise of the Real. The much discussed animalWorth noting for its strangeness alone, "Earth" is a good live album by Neil Young and The Promise of the Real. The much discussed animal noises are amusing and hardly hindrances to the proceedings. The real highlights here are the songs, culled from great albums like "On the Beach," "Ragged Glory," and "Sleeps with Angels," among others. They sound good, the band sounds good and above all, Neil shows that he's still got it, imbuing these tunes with all the emotion and rage that he has been cultivating for 40-plus years. Expand