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Great 1988 album that saw him return home to the Reprise label. Neil's swingin' like a gate on this one!
One might assume the first album Neil Young put out upon his return to Reprise Records in 1988 after a misbegotten stint with Geffen would signal a comeback for the temporarily misplaced singer-songwriter. Actually, This Note's for You's successor, 1989's Freedom, is Young's late-'80s hallmark release. This one's the last in a series of titles from Young in the most capricious phase of a fickle career. Here he's on an Albert Collins kick, tackling blues-based tunes backed by his short-lived, horn-powered Blue Notes. While the anti-endorsement title track kicked up some dust at the time, the 10-song collection is weighed down by undistinguished, one-note workouts like "Ten Men Working," "Married Man," and "Sunny Inside" (the titles pretty much sum up the songs). Thankfully, Young returned to his own shade of blue after this curious bar-band one-off. --Steven Stolder
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Others have already stressed the development of this album given the albums made around this time due to his difficulties with that other record label. Suffice it to say that they may be indicative of Neil's songwriting ability to produce such material, but they do not detract from this album being a tour de force.
The first few bars of ten men workin' set out the tenor for this album. A bluesy album with horns added is one of the strengths of this album. Not only does the format express his feelings but it allows him the opportunity to play those inimitable Neil Young solos but to do so in a song setting. There is a strong fit here between the horns, organ and guitar which reinforce each other and help emphasise the cynicism of the lyrics.
Particularly poignant is the title track which shows Young striking out at the music business and it's bed partners of big business. Remaining true to his principles in refusing sponsorship for tours, Young paints other artists in a harsh light of selling out their original ideals.
Again, listening to this album so soon after the performances at the Superbowl and the Olympics by our stars, it is easy to see why people like Neil Young should feel this way.
While the album typifies Neil Young in many ways, there seems to be much more bitterness in it that in most Neil albums.
Neil Young is one of those rare peformers who writes across a wide area of subjects. One minute a love song, another a piece of social commentary but do not expect the usual conclusions.Read more ›
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This disc is an interesting aside from Neil Young -- who has recorded quite a few interesting asides amid all his great work! Read morePublished on Dec 5 2002 by Mael
After the wretched Life, Neil Young bounced back strong with the blues-based, horn driven, This Note's For You. Read morePublished on May 7 2001 by P Magnum
During the 80's Young experimented a lot, partly to get rid of his label perhaps. Experimentation is better than copying yourself all over again (which Young does now, it seems)... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2000 by R. Bruynesteyn
The last (thankfully!) in a long succession of stylistic detours for Neil Young in the 1980s, the blues-themed "This Note's For You" is actually one of his better albums... Read morePublished on May 14 2000 by Brian D. Rubendall
I'm an avid Neil Young fan, so I know that you never know what you're gonna get with his albums. "This Note's For You" was one of those chances I took because Neil is so... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 1999
Another one of those genre experiments by Mr Young. This is a fun CD in which the experiment works. Neil sounds as if he is having fun with his music again.Published on Aug. 16 1999
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