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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Okay. Get over the fact that it was made it the eighties and has some lame synths and stuff here and there. Forget it and you'll realize that mideast vacation is a great slow rocker, with memorable (if a little overly patriotic) lyrics that have passion behind them.
Inca Queen is another one that just rocks. It has the terrible big drum sound that destroys so many good songs from the eighties, but it uses the synths tastefully, almost in the background to some great classical type guitar. "Once there was an Inca queen..."
I love the bridge between versus. He does a great job of giving you a taste of something different, something out there, a feel for the jungle.
Cryin' Eyes starts with a riff that the Pixies would later borrow. I know Frank black and co were influenced by Neil because they did a few covers of his songs that ended up on b sides. Even the little bit of lead guitar at the beginning is vintage pixes (by which I mean they used a similar style and sound to pay homage to Neil, since he recorded this first.)
These are just a couple of fantastic songs on a worthy album. Give it a chance, spend your hard earned ten bucks on it and it will not disappoint.
Overall, "Life" isn't a bad album, it just can't hold a candle to this great artist's best works.
Most recent customer reviews
Hot on the heels of the wretched "Landing On Water", this record is nearly as bad. There isn't anything good to say about it. It stinks like old fish. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2003 by Amazon Customer
most poeople who listen to this record like the ballads, cause they are standard neil in most ways, i, on the other hand love this record for the first three tracks. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2003 by k mcbee
More like lifeless...except for "When Your Lonely Heart Breaks" and "We Never Danced." The rest really falls flatPublished on Oct. 16 2003
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