“On The Beach” by Neil Young - album review

TJR says

The pessimistic one is in very fine form here, evidenced immediately on “Walk On”, a coolly laid-back blues rocker which positively struts on forward, pissed off, but head high. Melodic Americana is the order of the day on “See The Sky About To Rain”, technically a cover of the Byrds 1973 song, although written by Neil. It’s all steel pedal melancholia, befitting of the greyness in the lyrics, with some sweet harmonica at the death. The incredible high-quality 1-2-3 starter is heightened with “Revolution Blues” in which Neil serves up a Dylan-esque story-like monologue, loosely inspired by that uber-baddie, Charles Manson. These 3 are unchallenged in the album’s hierarchal, although I care for the 2 folksy numbers, “For The Turnstiles”, which includes banjo, harmonica and dobro for down-home authenticity and “Ambulance Blues” which heavily digs on Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” musically, and barks at critics, Richard Nixon and the state of CSNY with the line “You're all just pissing in the wind”. Hee-hee, gotta love Neil, he just lets it all out. Side one dominates the second here but, all in all, I rate “On The Beach” as his best since “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” back in ’69.

The Jukebox Rebel
19-Feb-2016

A1 [02:42] 7.5.png Neil Young - Walk On (Neil Young) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A2 [05:02] 6.8.png Neil Young - See The Sky About To Rain (Neil Young) Folk Rock / Americana
A3 [04:03] 8.2.png Neil Young - Revolution Blues (Neil Young) Folk Rock / Americana
A4 [03:15] 6.7.png Neil Young - For The Turnstiles (Neil Young) Folk
A5 [04:14] 6.1.png Neil Young - Vampire Blues (Neil Young) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B1 [06:59] 5.8.png Neil Young - On The Beach (Neil Young) Rock
B2 [04:23] 5.2.png Neil Young - Motion Pictures (Neil Young) Folk Rock / Americana
B3 [08:56] 6.4.png Neil Young - Ambulance Blues (Neil Young) Folk




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