Certainly one of Neil's best recordings, mainly because it's something only Neil could get away with. All the boring old hippy farts who fell in love with him after Harvest will poo-poo this one, but anyone with a brain and a love for experimentation will immediately see its charms.
You have to wonder how he gets the inspiration for this stuff, though. Neil: "I think I'm gonna do a song about havin' a bad news beat, 'cause I got an eye in the sky, right Kootch? Heh, heh, heh. And touchin' the night and stuff."
It's hard to pick a stand-out here. Most will tell you it's "Hippie Dream," but "Bad News Beat" is fantastic, "Violent Side" is prime Neil screaming, "Pressure" is great fun, and whoever played that bass lick to "Hard Luck Stories" is a genius.
To those who think I'm being tongue-in-cheek, think again. This is a top ten Neil album for me, and it rarely ever leaves my car stereo. And to those who are still annoyed by this album, ha, you fell right into Neil's trap.