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  • Summary: The Canadian singer-songwriter and Promise Of The Real return for a third full-length collaboration following 2015's The Monsanto Years and the 2016 live album, Earth.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
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  1. Nov 29, 2017
    80
    It is curiously and enjoyably irregular.
  2. Dec 8, 2017
    80
    Promise Of The Real--ie, Willie Nelson’s son Lukas et al--prove superb foils for this sludge guitar god/master melody maker, hence the harmony-rich chorus of Already Great sounds exactly that immediately, and the horn-bolstered power-chords of resistance anthem Children Of Destiny are just breathtaking.
  3. 80
    Diggin’ A Hole is scratchy blues; Almost Always could have graced Harvest Moon; Stand Tall and Children Of Destiny are earworms; but if you want beauty, you’ve got it on Carnival, once the cackling stops. Neil Young is reborn, yet again.
  4. Dec 4, 2017
    70
    [The] sense of cranky rage and ageless idealism are all over The Visitor.
  5. Dec 5, 2017
    67
    If Young’s recent work has felt like a series of hard-headed dives into his pet obsessions--more interesting for simply existing than for actually listening to--then The Visitor is more all-encompassing, and as a result, more centered.
  6. 60
    It shouldn’t work, but pleasingly, most of it does, thanks to the conviction of Young’s delivery.
  7. 40
    As the album proceeds, it frays apart as Neil’s gaze shifts to bombs and babies in the plodding anthem “Children Of Destiny”, and to Mexican fairground fantasy in the ludicrous cod-Santana-style “Carnival”. Despite similarly sluggish, slouchy manner, young backing band Promise Of The Real fall some way short of the full Crazy Horse, trudging rather than imposing a sense of implacable destiny.

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  1. Dec 21, 2017
    6
    These musical foundations, techniques, and deliveries here have been engrained in the ears of rock music listeners for at least 40 years, andThese musical foundations, techniques, and deliveries here have been engrained in the ears of rock music listeners for at least 40 years, and Neil Young does nothing to change that which bodes well for those who just want sincerity and nothing to sound odd, but leaves lots of potential emotional attachment and bravery on the table. My Score: 113/180 (Okay) = 6.3/10 Expand
  2. Dec 2, 2017
    3
    What a shame. Yet another release marked by sloppy, shoddy goods. While Young has the talent to make mediocre songs listenable, he once setWhat a shame. Yet another release marked by sloppy, shoddy goods. While Young has the talent to make mediocre songs listenable, he once set the bar so much higher. Weak work is again rushed to the marketplace. As expectations are repeatedly lowered it becomes increasingly difficult to recall the glory days of ’67-’79. Expand