After the disastrous years with Geffen, during which only "Trans" stands out as a halfway decent album and "Landing on Water" is arguably his worst effort for anyone, Young returned to Reprise, the label of all his past glories, and while this album may not be as good as "Rust Never Sleeps" or "Tonight's the Night," it is manna from heaven when compared to his four previous albums. It is a genre album, to be sure, and caps the decade when he went from country to hard rock to electronic to rockabilly to synth rock to country and finally to swing before returning to "old Neil" form with "Freedom." But "This Note's For You" stands apart from the rest of the genre stuff, like "Hawks and Doves" and "Re-Ac-Tor" did, because of the thankful quality of the songwriting (except for a few tracks) and the overall consistency of the effort. Also, the songs don't ALL SOUND THE SAME (ahem, "Landing on Water," ahem). He shifts quite nicely between upbeat, get-your-feet-a-tappin' swing to slow and moody blues. The album may not make most fan's top five lists, but this, combined with the next year's "Freedom," catapulted Young from the disastrous 1980s back into the glory of his earlier days, at a time when all but his most devoted fans had deserted him.