I believe this is the closest Neil has come to doing a whole album of straight country. He has always dabbled in it, but this goes all the way - there's unabashed cornpone in "Get Back to the Country", unabashed nostalgia in "Are There Any More Real Cowboys?" (with Willie Nelson), unabashed honky-tonk in "Once An Angel", unabashed sentiment in "My Boy", and so forth. "Bound For Glory" is as beautiful a song as he's ever written, echoing Waylon and Willie's "Good-Hearted Woman". Fittingly, Waylon joins him with a lovely, understated vocal.
A special treat is his cover of "The Wayward Wind", a classic cowboy ballad that was previously recorded by the likes of Tex Ritter, Eddy Arnold, and Gogi Grant. I respectfully disagree with a previous reviewer's complaint about Neil sounding raw and off-key on this tune - this is Neil Young, not Perry Como. You have to expect a bit of an edge.
The only departure on the album is "Misfits", a rather lackluster fantasy piece.
Fine as they may be, I enjoy this album more than "Comes A Time" or "Harvest Moon", his most comparable. I think the songs are more fully realized overall, and Waylon and Willie's vocals add depth. But then, I like classic country - I find it frustrating that so many folk and rock fans disdain it even though their biggest heroes have been so heavily influenced by it. Highly recommended.