Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Best of the 70's: On the Beach by Neil Young

On The Beach (Reissue)Neil Young pretty much comes out with an album a year and has since 1969.  This was his release for 1974 and was his fill in for Tonight's the Night which he had recorded but for some reason got shelved for a year.  Tonight's the Night is an album about grief, Young had just lost a friend to heroine, and as he toured that album he wrote and recorded On the Beach.  Where Tonight's the Night focuses on his grief, On the Beach focuses on his frustrations and anger.

I'm not a big Neil Young fan, but this is a solid album.  It has a bit of a country twang to it and though he's angry, he's focused and biting with his lyrics.  It's amazing how prolific Young is and that he could throw this album together is pretty incredible. 

If you are looking around you and you feel everyone about you is pretty stupid or petty or whatever, then give this a listen it may make you feel better.

Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 3 out of 5 stars for Pretty Good.  As this article is going to press this album is ranked 96th at Best Ever Albums.

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