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Sleeps With Angels

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Audio CD
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If Neil Young has a pronounced weakness, it's a lack of focus. Restless to a fault, he's apt to rush into the recording studio without fully forming his ideas. Sleeps with Angels is that kind of album--and yet it's one of his best. Jarred by the death of Kurt Cobain (the rock & roll martyr quoted Young in his suicide note), he dashed off this collection of songs in 1994 with backing from his steadfast electric warriors, Crazy Horse. At least two songs--the title track and "Change Your Mind"--seem to directly refer to Cobain. Others--"Driveby" and "Safeway Cart" among the most striking--are mesmerizing and gloomy. Still others--"Piece of Crap," "Blue Eden"--are raw and cutting. Goes to show an elegy, no matter how somber, needn't be a hushed affair. --Steven Stolder

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Neil Young With Crazy Horse ~ Sleeps With Angels

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I hated to album when I first heard it, but I really didn't give it close attention. I expected something to reach out and grab me the way "Freedom" or "Ragged Glory" did, and my initial assessment was a sloppy, tired, boring failure. But over the years a lot of people have prodded me, telling me it's much better than that, and having given it a real chance, I have to admit I was wrong. It's one of Neil's most interesting albums, sonically and lyrically. The harrowing atmosphere has been compared to that surrounding "Tonight's The Night," but the sound is very different. Here, it's almost apocalyptic, with a heavy and occasionally experimental production that you won't find on Neil's more well-known albums.
"My Heart" is pretty strange and off-kilter song. On paper, the words could have come out of a Broadway show, but when you hear this song sung in a quivering, straining vocal, occasionally double-tracked in a way that feels slightly off, and played on that tack piano out of "Touch of Evil," it really gets under your skin after awhile. This pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the CD where just about everything has something disturbing about it. On the title track, the immediate impact and tremendous loss of Cobain's death on his wife is surrounded in the most oppressive sound to ever grace a Neil Young record. He may have achieved greater levels of distortion elsewhere, but the dirge-like lyrics with the desperate, off-key chorus occasionally surfacing throughout the song makes this even more harrowing, the aural equivalent of a Franz Kafka novel.
I could go on an on (the ominous throb of the strange road epic "Trans Am", etc.) if I had the space.
But it's not all doom and gloom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunting Masterpiece April 22 2002
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This is a definite candidate for Neil Young's best album ever; it is, quite simply, a beautiful, haunting melancholy masterpiece. It came as quite a surprise to everyone after the raging, upbeat Ragged Glory, did this gloomy series of death odes. Inspired no doubt in part by the suicide of Kurt Cobain - which occurred during the recording of this album; at least two songs (the title track and Change Your Mind) seem to be about the fallen rocker, who quoted one of Neil's songs in his suicide note - this album is a series dark, moving, extremely powerful vignettes that rank it among the most moving and amazing albums I have ever heard. This is surely the most diverse record from Neil to feature Crazy Horse: it's not the endless heavy jamming that you may well expect. The album is fairly musically diverse: the bookend tracks on the album feature beautiful, moving tack piano playing from Neil, and Prime of Life even features him performing on the flute. Tough-as-nails guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro even turns in delicate performances on the piano on more than a handful of tracks. The set features one of Neil's most moving and harrowing set of lyrics ever - on par with Tonight's The Night, but perhaps even gloomier. Most all of the songs are overtly concerned with death (the light filler track Piece of [Junk] (undoubtedly included to lighten the mood after nearly an hour's worth of heavy listening) nonwithstanding), and Neil turns in some of his most beautiful, delicate vocals ever here. The vocal melodies from the band are quite great as well. Most all of the songs have haunting, beautiful arrangements and fine melodies. However, although the lyrics, vocals, and vocal melodies on this album are almost universally outstanding, the music matches the mood precisely, and is often great as well. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very dark, excellent album. Feb. 18 2002
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Neil Young and Crazy Horse never fail to amaze, and this album is no exception. This album is one of the darkest, if not the darkest ever released by Neil Young. I first heard this album when I was 12, but did not buy it until I was 15, and I am glad I did.
The majority of the album is comprised of electric songs, with two piano songs placed on the album as bookends. Here is a song-by-song analysis.
MY HEART: Great intro, simple but beautiful song. This song features Neil on tack piano.
PRIME OF LIFE: Features Neil on flute, great melody and lyrics.
DRIVEBY: Very slow, sad song, excellent track.
SLEEPS WITH ANGELS: This song was written when Neil heard of the suicide of Kurt Cobain. Very slow, dark, moody song.
WESTERN HERO: Classic Neil Young melody, great storyline in the lyrics. This melody creeps up later on another song on the album.
CHANGE YOUR MIND: Without a doubt, the best song on the album. Great guitar solos after every verse. This song is sort of a sister to "Cowgirl In The Sand" found on the album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, released well over two decades before this. Not exactly sure what this song is about, but that doesn't matter. Chock full of great guitar solos and a beautiful vocal melody. One of the best songs he has ever recorded with Crazy Horse, definitely recommended. The songs clocks in at over 14 minutes long.
BLUE EDEN: Great jam. Very slow and bluesy.
SAFEWAY CART: This song is another slow one, very dark and eerie, yet soothing at the same time. Love listening to it at night with headphones.
TRAIN OF LOVE: Same melody as "Western Hero," see that song for more info.
TRANS AM: This is a classic Neil story-song. Quite dark, great chord progression.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Grungy And Not Exactly What I Expect from Neil
I don't want to totally put down "Sleeps With Angels", but I'm not overly impressed. Unless you are a really big Neil Young buff, you probably won't like this. Read more
Published on May 28 2007 by Mark Nenadov
1.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated.
I bought it in a store, and to quote Mr Young: "when I got it home it was a piece of crap". Read more
Published on July 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Full Five Star Album
People have described this album as being dark which is a true statement. Some of the lyrics also deal with death and much has been said about Young being impacted by the suicide... Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004 by Andrew T. Hackett
3.0 out of 5 stars No classic, but what the hey?
This is not a classic Neil Young album, this is a LONG Neil Young album. What is it about this guy that material that would have gotten other musicians burned at the critical stake... Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Few Fleeting Moments
Good songs. Interesting arrangements. This is quite possibly one of Young's least accessible works & that's saying alot when you take some of his early 80's work into account. Read more
Published on May 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite
Of the 18 Neil Young albums I own, this is my favorite. Although I really like the "classic" Neil Young sound, this combines some of the "old" and "new" styles on one album. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2003 by Randy Given
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated (please Change Your Mind)
I have to vent about something that's been gnawing at me since this album came out. Why did I buy it? Because, upon it's release Rolling Stone gave it 5 stars. Read more
Published on July 10 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars This one'll grow on you
It took close to six years for this album to sink in. When it came out I was expecting another Ragged Glory. This one is much different. Read more
Published on April 9 2002 by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Rumble, Rumble, Rumble
Grunge was in full swing and this album, without much fare, snuck out. I was a big fan of Neil's at the time and was really taken by surprise. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2002 by Eric E. Weinraub
5.0 out of 5 stars Angelic
Kurt Cobain was the king of the music world in 1994. This was a title he didn't want nor could handle and it contributing to him taking his own life. Read more
Published on May 8 2001 by P Magnum
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