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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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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.
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.
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...
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Feb. 21 2004
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 morePublished on Oct. 16 2003
...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 morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by Will Schaefer
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. Read more
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 morePublished on July 13 2003 by Chris Makas
One interesting thing about Neil Young is that he's never made a tossed-off, unengaged, musically dull album. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2002 by glubak
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