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Enjoyable, but overproduced
on February 28, 2004
Although this album features some strong song-writing, I found it to be overproduced. Both Young's voice and those of his background singers sound processed, as if the producer were trying to smooth over Neil's rough edges, which is the very thing that has always given him such an authentic, human sound. The arrangements are also needlessly complicated and synthesizer-drenched. The above-mentioned flaws are most noticeable on "Natural Beauty," "War of Man," and "Such A Woman." Several of the songs on "Harvest Moon" also appear on Neil's "MTV Unplugged" disk, where they benefit from the sparer arrangement.