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Landing On Water

Neil Young Audio CD
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Landing on Water may not be Neil Young's worst album, but it's probably the least noteworthy collection he's assembled. For what turned out to be his penultimate Geffen album, Young rebuffed his regular set of co-producers in favor of West Coast journeyman Danny Kortchmar--seemingly in the interest of honing a more radio-friendly sound. As a result, the singer finds himself bobbing his way through layers of synthesizer fills and Steve Jordan's strident drumming; the whole thing feels like a bland '80s rock soundtrack. None of these songs have even become concert salvage projects--evidence that their composer doesn't hold them in high regard. The one standout here is "Hippie Dream," a scathing death-of-the-counterculture screed inspired by David Crosby's then-life-threatening drug problems: "Another flower child goes to seed / In an ether-filled room of meat hooks / It's so ugly" Young wails, and one can't help but wish the music had half as much bite as the lyrics. --Steven Stolder

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1.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Awful May 11 2006
By SRM
Format:Audio CD
I still find it hard to believe that an artist as prodigous and talented as Neil Young could record a full album of just plain awful music. He is known to throw out a clunker of an album every once in a while (it's not surprising due to the volume of his work) but in poorer albums like Life or Are You Passionate he still manages to pull off a couple of gems.
Anyone who tells you this album is 5 stars is either not a Neil Young fan or has an axe to grind. If After the Gold Rush is worthy of 5 Stars and Landing On Water is too, then the universe would have collapsed on its itself and voided life as we know it.
If you still have doubts, read his biography, Shakey, where he more or less intimates that this album and the two others at the end of his Geffen contract were purposly terrible to get back at the record company.
If you want great Neil Young that is not the conventional Harvest, After the Goldrush, Rust etc. try Mirrorball, On the Beach, American Stars and Bars, Sleeps with Angels or one of my very favourites: Broken Arrow.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Neil... what were you thinking? April 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
Let me begin by saying that I really like Neil Young. I've followed him since his days with Buffalo Springfield. I have virtually everything he's ever recorded on either vinyl or CD (usually both), and I even have a couple of bootlegs (sorry, Neil!) of concert performances. I have the utmost respect for Neil Young, both as a songwriter and musician. But with all due respect, this album sucks. That's not to say that there aren't a few bright moments-- but in all honesty I have to tell you that this is the only-- ONLY-- Neil Young album that I have yet to ever be able to sit through all the way without taking it off. I have always thought that Geffen Records did Neil wrong, but this album almost justifies their claims that he intentionally recorded records that wouldn't sell while with their label. I have to wonder if this was actually Neil's way of giving the label the finger-- sort of an inside joke that only he gets. Maybe, but to those of us who actually paid money for it, it was a bit of a slap in the face. I'm giving it 2 stars only because it IS Neil, after all, and because he deserves some kind of credit for having the guts to put his name on the line for an album this bad. Sorry Neil, I luv ya, but I just can not recommend this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good i'd admit Feb. 21 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I really do like this album, Neil's guitar is flaring on quit abit on the songs. To be honest is not as bad as everyone thinks, Neil's voice sounds as good as usal, the drums/symthizers don't sound bad, to me its a good change.
Plane and simple you have to be a Neil Young fan to like this album...if you are, put this one in your online shopping cart and check out you won't be disapointed. But, if your not a Neil Young fan or new to Neil, I recommend you start with Live Rust, or Harvest...as well as many others
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2.0 out of 5 stars Even Neil doesn't recommend this one... Oct. 16 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I read the recent biography of Neil Young called Shakey...even he considers this one of his worst albums. The sound is terrible. The worst of 80's production technology. It all sounds like it's in a tin can which makes sense since basically the musicians didn't actually play together. There are a couple of good songs like "Pressure" but this one really doesn't stand the test of time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good songs, bad album Sept. 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
...sigh, what can i say. i bought this one with no no optimism towrds it. and i was partly right. this is definitly an example of why 80's neil isn't as popular as the 70's or 90's neil. the synthesizers are a bit overused and the songs kind of drone on. but in a way, thats a good thing. something about all the boys choir creeped me out. but hippie dream is definitly a gem. i got a problem is also a more then decent rocking song. touch the night is horribly done, but im in no way saying its a bad song. ive heard a live version of it, and its nearly like a hurricane quality.
bottom line: if your going to buy one 80's neil album, buy Freedom. but if you buy two, buy Landing on Water.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Aug. 6 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of Young's best albums. DON'T TAKE THE ADVICE OF THE REVIEW THAT TELLS YOU NOT TO BUY IT!!
Seriously, it's a great album and hugely underrated. It's certainly different, but most of Young's albums are. Have a listen to the samples and if you aren't put off by the sound, then go for it!
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