Neil young has made huge contributions to the world of rock&roll, created some of the greatest rock albums of all time (zuma, ragged glory, everbody knows, etc.) and his acoustic country stuff is great too. in fact, i was pleased when he started the decade with Silver and Gold, a great(albiet belated) follow up to Harvest Moon. But lets face it, Neil was meant to play with Crazy Horse, not Booker T. and the MGs. Booker's group is professional, they know their stuff, but they don't seem to have the fire Crazy Horse has.
The effects of all this proffesionalism definitly mellowed the album, and aside from Goin Home, which is a great rocker that Crazy Horse(thankfully) performed, and they did a tremendus job of it.
Fortunatley, AYP's poor quality doesn't seem to phase himm, as Greendale is showing Neil getting back on the right track.
Bottom line, keep Booker T. and the MG's away from Neil and give him Crazy Horse and he'll be shooting out 5 star albums in no time