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Sleeps With Angels
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Certified gold by the RIAA 10/94
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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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on May 28 2007 by Mark Nenadov
I bought it in a store, and to quote Mr Young: "when I got it home it was a piece of crap". Read morePublished on July 25 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 6 2004 by Andrew T. Hackett
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 morePublished on Nov. 23 2003
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 morePublished on May 30 2003
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 morePublished on Jan. 3 2003 by Randy Given
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 morePublished on July 10 2002
This is a definite candidate for Neil Young's best album ever; it is, quite simply, a beautiful, haunting melancholy masterpiece. Read morePublished on April 22 2002 by Bill R. Moore
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 morePublished on April 9 2002 by steve