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|9. Wrecking Ball|
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|12. Rockin' In The Free World|
Freedom was Young's return to form after almost a decade of electronic experiments and mediocre novelty music. "Rockin' in the Free World", a howling anthem about homelessness, depression and drug dealing, bookends the album--and, in 1989, proved the singer/songwriter hadn't completely dropped into obscurity. The romantic ballads ("The Ways of Love"), grunge-predicting guitar-rockers (a siren-screaming version of "On Broadway"), and one amazing, punk-like story-song ("Crime in the City [Sixty to Zero, Part I]") constitute Young's strongest writing in years. --Steve Knopper
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Fast forward ten more years through the sleepy 1980's, and here is Young announcing his return once again with the album 'Freedom'. His newfound relevance would differ from the continued relevance of other 1960's superstars such as Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton: Young would not only be revitalized among his long-standing cadre of followers, but would find a new body of listeners among the youth coming of age in the early 1990's. It was a remarkable resurgence.
Interestingly, 'Freedom' borrows a bit from the success of 'My My Hey Hey'/'Hey Hey My My' by taking the albums centerpiece, 'Rockin' In the Free World', and using a live acoustic version to open the disc, and closing with a rousing electric studio version of the same song. The electric version is clearly superior as the acoustic version is marred by audience noise, and lacks the final verse, as well as the sheer power the lyrics demand. The same is true of the second song on the disc 'Crime In the City', which is presented in an acoustic version. The live electric version from the 'Weld' disc blows this one away.
I always thought it would be great fun to be able to generate a setlist for an artist like Young prior to a concert.Read more ›
Before I say not to buy this, I do have to say that many, many people love this album and not just because others do; they see it as a thankful return to form by Neil after a disappointing decade. So those of you who read this may very well love it, so go with your instincts; I personally say that you will do better with the two I have mentioned above.
Rockin' In The Free World- this is the live acoustic version and while not as good as the electric version it is great.
Crime In The City (Sixty To Zero, Pt. I)- I liked the first 45 minutes of this song but then it got a little boring.
Don't Cry- Neil makes his guitar soung like thunder!!!
Hangin' On A Limb- Good love song.
Eldorado- I like the percussion on this track and it tells a good story.
Ways Of Love- I don't really remember this song.
Someday- One of Neil's best and he can play piano too.
On Broadway- If you don't like the guitar on this song then you don't like guitar PERIOD!!!!
Wrecking Ball- I like it.
No More- Okay.
Too Far Gone- Honky-tonk drug song.
Rockin' In The Free World- His best song and Crazy Horse joins him.
A word of advice to those who do not like their music loud or only like Neil's softer side like on Harvest: DO NOT buy this
Rockin' In the Free World, Crime in the City and On Broadway cast an eye on the political side of things, while ballads like Wrecking Ball, Someday and The Ways of Love sound like prime After the Gold Rush material. The electric version of Free World, Eldorodo and No More rock like earlier Young classics such as Cortez the Killer and Tonights the Night. All the songs receive stunning arrangements, and Neil's guitar is in firey form on the rockers.
Freedom signaled a resurgence from Neil which has carried out over the ninties and returned his status to that of being a vital musician. It remains a classic thirteen years after it's release. Rockin' in the Free World is as apt today (or more so) than ever.
Most recent customer reviews
The cd is great, but by the time it got to my house. all 3 of the cds I purchased were broken.Published on June 27 2013 by Anthony
I love Neil and Rockin' in the Free World is a great song, but overall this album is not very strong.Published on Dec 18 2004 by Kilgore
I have been a Neil Young fan since high school. I am constantly amazed that this guy is still writing significant, original songs! Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2003 by Kelly K. Dunn
Normally I'm not much of a Neil Young fan, while I think that he is a superb songwriter and guitar player his voice, which can be most charitably described as nasal, is a real... Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2002 by Jamie Jamison
Neil Young has more classic albums than most people have fingers. That said, this album to me stands above all the rest as the strongest of his career. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2002 by D. Hawkins
I am what you might call a casual Neil Young fan--among my favorite albums are Live Rust and Harvest--and this one is among the very best. Read morePublished on July 28 2002
I hate to say this, but this 1989 offering from Neil Young is very overrated. Critics raved this album because it finds him returning to his rock/folk/country roots, the style that... Read morePublished on July 27 2002 by BENJAMIN MILER
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