I don't know many people who can say much that's negative about Neil Young and his music. He's had a long and productive musical career, one which has spanned well over 30 years. He's made innovative rock with Buffalo Springfield, wonderful harmony vocal albums with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, as well as his own solo albums. He's done folk, rock, hard rock, experimental electronic vocals, even rockabilly. I can go on about how this man's life has been beyond any musicians dreams, but i'll just cover this album.
"Harvest Moon" is the logical successor to Young's early 70's breakthrough release "Harvest". The latter was a massive success in its day ('Heart of Gold' is his biggest song to date; you can hear it on literally every rock station). It was characterized by a mostly folk approach, blended with country and rock and roll sounds. This album is much the same, not only in the approach to sound, but with lyrics as well.
This albu takes a very similar appraoch. The instrumentation is fairly simple, almost purely acoustic and without too many extraneous overdubs. It also features the most heart-felt and honest lyrics of any NY album i've heard. He reflects on rural, simplistic idealisms, revealing a man with a passion for a lifestyle that the average rocker would find incredibly boring. Then again, he's far from average. The guy never makes the same album twice in a row.
With numerous guests, as well as the good ol' reliable Crazy Horse fellows providing that extra little bit of flavor to the music, it's hard to beat. I can listen to it anytime, because it's an album that is not only pleasant to the ears, but provides a sort of message; that life doesn't have to be so fast-paced, always moving and never looking back. This album shows that there is heart to be found in the sweetest (and sometimes the bitterest) of memories.