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Life [Import]

Neil & Crazyhorse Young Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Those Neil Young fans who cherish their hero's aggressive work with Crazy Horse were dealing with an extended drought when Life hit the shelves in 1987. A half-dozen years had passed since Young last emerged from the studio with a Crazy Horse collaboration--the flawed but fascinating Reactor. Unfortunately, they'd have to wait three more years for a great Young/Crazy Horse set, 1990's Ragged Glory. Despite the fact that Life contains what's clearly meant to be the Crazy Horse credo in "Prisoners of Rock 'n' Roll" ("That's why we don't we don't wanna be good"), Young and his three longtime foils feel constrained by dated '80s production touches and some spotty material. Still, its highlights (notably the strange foreign-policy treatise "Mideast Vacation" and the wistful closer "We Never Danced") offer modest rewards for loyalists. --Steven Stolder

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3.0 out of 5 stars Neil, Lost in the 80s Jan. 5 2002
Format:Audio CD
That the 1980s were easilly Neil Young's worst decade (at least, in terms of his creativity) is shown again on "Life." The album marked his only collaboration during that decade with his great backing band Crazy Horse, and as such represents the least of his dozen or so recordings with that band. "Life" contains little of the guitar fury that marks the best of his Crazy Horse work ("Tonight's the Night," "Ragged Glory," for example), and his attempts to be topical ("Mideast Vacation") fall strangely flat. The problem lies mostly in the songwriting. While there are no truly bad tracks, there are no real standouts either, although two of the songs, "Prisoners" and "When Your Lonely Heart Breaks," really came to life a decade later on the live "Year of the Horse" album, suggesting that they just hadn't been thoroughly thought through.
Overall, "Life" isn't a bad album, it just can't hold a candle to this great artist's best works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First sign of Life after Rust Never Sleeps Dec 12 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've had this CD since it was first released in the late eighties. While this is not even close to Neil's best it was a step back in the right direction. Alot of this has to do with Crazy Horse. Neil seems to be energized with them. "Mideast vacation" is a excellent social statement and a good rock & roll number. "Inca Queen" takes "Cortez the Killer" further south and into a more mellow setting. While "Prisoners of Rock & Roll" is a no excuses Crazy Horse number. Lastly,the CD closes with "We never danced", a number that just as easliy could have been on AFTER THE GOLDRUSH some seventeen years earlier. Sure their has been better Neil since this, ie. Ragged Glory, Weld, Unplugged, and Mirror Ball come to mind, but to fans of Neil Young and Crazy Horse this is a step in the right direction. Now if only Reprise would release ON THE BEACH and JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST, all would be right with the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A strange one for sure March 25 2004
By DJ Rix
Format:Audio CD
A strange one for sure. Contains a number of very good songs - Mideast Vacation, We Never Danced, Too Lonely, Prisoner of Rock n Roll - as well as one of his worst - Inca Queen, which still manages to have a gorgeous melody. Around the World is sung with great passion & anger - & sunk by an annoying synth & a recitative that may or may not be sarcastic. Yes, very much a mixed bag, but like Neil's other albums for David Geffen, the misdirections are stories unto themselves, & the disguises are used to evade & filter out the deeply personal emotions Neil finally vented on "Freedom" & "Ragged Glory." Only two of these cuts show up on "Lucky Thirteen," which makes "Life" essential for Neil Young devotees, I should think.
Bob Rixon
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Format:Audio CD
Sorry to be a scold, but a few of Neil Young's most interesting disks have been taken off the market. "Life" is pretty good. Certainly three songs deserve to be preserved, "We Never Danced," "Mideast Vacation," "Inca Queen" and "When Your Lonely Heart Breaks." But by comparison, "American Stars and Bars" is a classic album, and "Time Fades Away," while messy, has the classic title song and "Don't Be Denied." I don't get why this album (and the equally shaky "Landing on Water") would survive when there's no room for those two. WB, pay attention!
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