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Landing On Water

Neil Young Audio CD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Awful May 11 2006
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 One of his best Jan. 12 2003
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars too many bad reviews... Oct. 20 2002
Format:Audio CD
How can you not like this album? This is experimental Neil at his best, trying to tackle something new and infuse it with his own Neilness.
So, you think of the 80s, and you think of synthesizers. New Wave? Synth pop?
Neil puts together this album that is largely synthesizer-driven. Actually, that's not true. This album is primarily driven by Steve Jordan's drums, mic'd in such a way that it sounds like you're in a closet with them. Keyboards are layered on top of the drums, and last... BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST... Neil's trademark tortured distorted guitar periodically cuts through and slaps you senseless.
This album has a LOT of charm to it.
"Take my advice, don't listen to me..."
"The wooden ships were just a hippie dream..."
An angelic-voiced boys choir singing "Got to fight to control the violent side..."
Samples & sound effects:
Breaking glass as percussion.
Screams punctuating that song "Pressure".
...and DAMN I don't know what they did to those drums throughout the album to make 'em sound so in-your-face, but... DAMN...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Uncannily bad April 4 2002
Format:Audio CD
There are two types of absolutely wretched music. There is music so bad, you can not listen to it for a single second and there is music so bad you can not stop listening to it. For years devoted fans have been replaying songs from Bob Dylan's Christian period or John Lennon's projects with a sizable Yoko contribution, their ears begging them to turn it off but there curiosity ablaze, in wonderment how such typically wonderful artists could produce such appalling music.
Canadian folkie, Neil Young's foray into head-scratching badness was his affair with Geffen records. For whatever reason, Mr. Young left his label, Reprise and signed with Geffen in 1980. He released two fairly boring records, 1980's Hawks and Doves and 1981's Reactor before things really got absurd. In 1982, he released Trans, an album coated in ear piercing, Kraftwerk-ish synthesizer treatment, completely uncharacteristic of the rugged Mr. Young. He followed it with 1983's Everybody's Rocking, an album that presented a series of frivolous rockabilly songs, presented without a hint of irony or cheekiness and 1985's Old Ways, an almost stereotypically mummbly country album.
That brings us to 1986's Landing on Water, an album that continues along the trail of Trans, only without being at least somewhat interesting. While Lading on Water continues the overwhelming emphasis on synthesizer gloss of its predecessor, in place of Trans' experimentalism, the album is guided by conformity to the lowest denominator of the recent new wave movement. Landing on Water is so overrun with high-pitched vocals, instrumental hyperactivity and glaring keyboards that the Thompson Twins might find it ostentatious. Meanwhile, Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good i'd admit
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Even Neil doesn't recommend this one...
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars good songs, bad album
...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... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003 by Will Schaefer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Seriously, it's a great album and hugely underrated. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Actually, zero stars, sorry Neil
This is far and away Neil Young's worst album, and I'm even counting Greendale. Many consider his albums for Geffen subpar, and they are, but this is just bad. Read more
Published on July 13 2003 by Chris Makas
2.0 out of 5 stars Fascinatingly bad
One interesting thing about Neil Young is that he's never made a tossed-off, unengaged, musically dull album. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2002 by glubak
3.0 out of 5 stars Crashing Into The 80's
After going back to his country roots on Old Ways, Neil Young takes a modern approach on Landing On Water. Read more
Published on May 7 2001 by P Magnum
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