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  • Artist(s): Neil Young
  • Summary: The latest full-length release for Neil Young with Crazy Horse was produced with Rick Rubin and features nine new songs written in 2021.
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  • Record Label: Reprise
  • Genre(s): Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Country-Rock, Psychedelic/Garage
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  1. Uncut
    Nov 16, 2022
    80
    With World Record, Young tosses things up in the air. For much of the album, he abandons guitar and with it the classic Horse sound, opting to lead on keyboard, mostly pump organ. ... Producer Rick Rubin carefully captures a live sound, a spontaneous first-take feel. [Jan 2023, p.22]
  2. Nov 18, 2022
    80
    World Record is classic Young: passionate, direct, ragged and beautiful.
  3. Nov 22, 2022
    80
    ‘World Record’ is a thrilling ride through some admittedly familiar pastures. But then, perhaps that simply underlines how potent Neil Young remains, and the increasing resonance of his eco-politics.
  4. Dec 2, 2022
    71
    Often, the band feels like they’re deliberately avoiding their old tricks, finding new ways to arrive at the same destination. Generally, the proceedings have a light touch, a gentleness that is readily apparent on the opening shuffle “Love Earth” but also on the thicker rock’n’roll of “The World (Is in Trouble Now).”
  5. Nov 17, 2022
    70
    This forty-fifth studio album of Neil Young’s may not rank as one of his greatest, but it may well be the most true-to-life effort he’s ever released.
  6. Nov 16, 2022
    70
    On paper, World Record is a middle-of-the-pack Neil Young & Crazy Horse album, but it's filled with so much personality and passion that it begs to be remembered as one of his most soul-bearing.
  7. Mojo
    Nov 16, 2022
    60
    There's a first-take feel, which the Horse are known for, and a whole lot of background harmonies, which they're not. [Dec 2022, p.84]

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