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Broken Arrow [Import, CD]

Neil Young Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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1. Big Time
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6. This Town
7. Music Arcade
8. Baby What You Want Me To Do

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The Youngian reaction principle--which dictates that our hero follow commercial monsters (After the Goldrush/Harvest, Rust Never Sleeps) with willfully difficult busts (Time Fades Away, Hawks & Doves)--finally kicks into effect after a long string of straightahead bestsellers. The man's unpredictability has been a major reason he's remained vital for nigh on 30 years, so it's good to see he's still cranky enough to serve up these raw, sloppy, and, for hardcore fans, invigorating jam sessions with his fave band. --Jeff Bateman

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On Broken Arrow, the latest Reprise Records release from Neil Young with Crazy Horse, a new chapter is opened on one of rock and roll's longest running musical collaborations. Young and the group - Poncho Sampedro, vocals, guitar; Billy Talbot, vocals, bass; and Ralph Molina, vocals, drums, percussion - have been playing together, on and off, since 1969, when original member Danny Whitten helped found Crazy Horse with Young. The group and its legendary frontman went on to record such epochal albums as Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush, Zuma (featuring the newly recruited Frank "Poncho" Sampedro, replacing the deceased Whitten), Comes A Time and a string of albums throughout the Eighties that included Re Ac Tor and Life. Young and Crazy Horse then went on to explore a new era of cutting edge rock with 1990's Ragged Glory and 1994's Sleeps With Angels. Now, with the release of Broken Arrow, nearly three decades of music-making make way for an extraordinary new expression of creative camaraderie and consensual risk-taking. One of the most resonant and riveting offerings in the entire spectrum of Neil Youngand Crazy Horse's on-going sonic explorations, Broken Arrow features seven new NeilYoung originals, plus a relentlessly raw rendition of the Jimmy Reed classic "Baby What You Want Me To Do" recorded live at the frontlines of the quartet's continuing assault on the boundaries of electric expression. With Broken Arrow, Neil Young with Crazy Horse have set the standards for real rock 'n' roll into the oncoming millennium.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Young and Crazy. Jan. 7 2004
By H3@+h
Format:Audio CD
It took me a few years to get this album, but once I did I was glad. It's not far off from most albums he released in the 90's. Any fan of "Freedom", "Sleeps With Angels", or "Mirror Ball" should get into it easily. The majority of the songs are long jams, and "Neil" and "Crazy Horse" rock as expected. "Music Arcade" is the only real softy, and would fit well on "Silver And Gold". Overall, casual fans might look elsewhere, but true "Neil Young" fans should like this "Big Time". I actually heard that song on the radio today.
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This CD opens with a great song, the 7-minute-plus Big Time, which is then followed by a couple more 8-9 minutes tunes that aren't as memorable. Neil then drops back into more familiar folk-rock territory and the CD regains some momentum. Overall, coming quickly as it did on the heels of Neil's "Mirror Ball" highly successful experiment with Pearl Jam taking the place of Crazy Horse as Neil's backup band, "Broken Arrow" holds its own. Yeah, Crazy Horse plays it loose and sloppy at times, but that's what we love about em, right? Think "Ragged Glory" and how great that CD is! "Broken Arrow" got a lot of negative criticism for it's closing tune, a low-fi recording of Neil doing Jimmy Reed's classic, "Baby What You Want Me to Do" (remember the Shocking Pinks?). Well, I kind of like the low-tech audience recording. Yeah, Neil jams for 8-plus minutes, and you can hear glasses clankin' and folks hollerin', but all that just serves to give this a "live and raw" feel that was missing on the sterile "Unplugged." I've found that more often than not, when playing "Broken Arroww," I tend to crank up my stereo when "Baby What You Want Me to Do" comes on and use it as an excuse to become an air guitar member of Crazy Horse for 8 minutes. So, it's either something you love (that's me), or you hate (most critics). This isn't a 5-star CD, like Ragged Glory, but it's not bad at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the return of the old ennui Aug. 13 2002
Format:Audio CD
I didn't realize how much I missed Neil's dark side until I picked this up. Sort of a cognate record to Zuma, in my opinion, with a more desperate and yearning singer/songwriter than I'd heard on Neil Young records after Trans. There's a couple curveballs in the presentation, such as the broken record effect on 'Loose Change' and the low fi Jimmy Reed tune at the end. But I was so happy to hear old Ralph back on the drums after the sledgehammer beat on Mirror Ball! And Neil seems to be singing from the heart on this one. Probably a tribute to the late David Briggs. If so, a very fine and fitting one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Crazy Horse Jam July 29 2002
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A lot of reviewers seem to be pointing out that this album seems uneven or half-baked, and, while it is definitely true that Neil didn't seem to put as much effort into making this album as he has some of his others, and the lyrics aren't the most drawn-out are well-developed that he has ever written; but, you must remember: this IS a Crazy Horse album - what do you expect? The beauty (nay; let us say, the ragged glory) of the Crazy Horse albums lies not in their songwriting, nor in their production, but in their sheer glee and fun in jamming. It's music that you can tell Neil and the band had fun making. It's just good ol' rock 'n' roll. If you are into Neil's mellower, more produced side (Harvest, Comes A Time, Harvest Moon) with the denser lyrics and more soothing melodies, then this album might not be your cup of meat (although it does contain one beautiful, excellent acoustic number, Music Arcade.) If you are into the long Crazy Horse jams on such as albums as Everybody Know This Is Nowhere, Zuma, and Ragged Glory, however, then this will be right up your alley. The first three songs are the highlights of the record - particularly Loose Change, which contains an absolutely pulverizing 4+ minute jam to close out the tune, featuring some crushing guitar work from Neil and devastating rhythm support from Poncho Sampedro. That said, the album does have some flaws, and there are some things that could have made it better. Aside from the excellent first three songs (and the acoustic Music Arcade), the rest of the album is more or less filler. Seeing as the album has only 8 tracks and a 40-odd minute running time in a decade when Neil had been filling his albums to the brim (tracks and running time), he seems to have deliberately left this album in its seemingly half-finished state. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 2nd Favorite Neil Young CD May 3 2002
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I just love whipping my coworkers butts in the cube farm at work with this album! Feedback-fu, long jammin' songs galore! Pure greatness!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS REALLY GOOD!!! Jan. 25 2002
Format:Audio CD
Granted, "Baby, what you want me to do?" is not the greatest song, but other than that there is not a weak track on the album. As for some of the songs being too long, what is wrong with that? Are you telling me that Cowgirl In The Sand, Down By The River, Cortez The Killer and Like A Hurricane are not good songs because they are long? Get real. This album rocks. I agree with several of the other reviewers in that these songs are mesmerizing. It also contains one of Neil's best acoustic songs, "Music Arcade", which alone justifies the price of the CD. An absolutely beautiful song. Indispensable if you are a Neil fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young's Best album that you don't own
This album is amazing, and for some reason i didn't realize until last week. I purchased this disc when it originally was released because i am a huge Pearl Jam fan, and i was... Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2001 by Philip N Eldred
4.0 out of 5 stars Arrow Through You
After recording an album with Crazy Horse devotees, Pearl Jam, Neil Young brings back the real deal on Broken Arrow. The album isn't made up so much of songs as loose jams. Read more
Published on May 8 2001 by P Magnum
5.0 out of 5 stars Good god what's wrong with these people?
i have loved this album since the first time i put it on my turntable...every song sounded so fresh and new to me then, it was like the first time i heard "sleeps with... Read more
Published on March 24 2001 by Taint
4.0 out of 5 stars let it take you in
i think of broken arrow as more of a sonic experience than as a rock album. the envelope of guitar sound surrounds you and becomes almost ambient and hypnotic. Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2000 by "this-is-nowhere"
3.0 out of 5 stars Half-baked but still tasty
I think many of us have similar feelings about this album. At first it totally underwhelms except for the fact that it sounds BIG. Read more
Published on May 15 2000 by Jules
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start--weak finish
How I wish Neil would have waited until he had three or four more great songs to add to this record. Read more
Published on April 22 2000 by Brian D. Rubendall
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have dusted this one off
I gave this a listen when I first bought this CD a couple of years ago and dismissed it into my collection. After dusting it off, and giving another try. WHAT A GEM. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2000 by Adam Tinkoff
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