Clichés Are There For A Reason
by Dan
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Neil Young - "Bandit"

from Greendale. it's the only song I've heard in it's entirety, but it knocked me down/around. Apparently the rest of the album is more guitarry, well...fine.

The following are all good things:

It's so tired. This song is the end of the rope, and it's like wishing you luck as it pries loose your fingers. There is so much unsaid, it's as if the chorus is missing words: "someday you'll find / everything you're looking for / because I didn't, and people should". Even the guitar is tired, it rattles like it has trouble breathing. And I want to listen to every word like it's true; like it's been proven by a lifetime.

[Buy the cd, dvd, and book]

The Robot Ate Me - "You Smile"

Lullabies are supposed to be sad, 'cause then you want to go to sleep to escape it.

Posted by Dan at April 6, 2005 1:59 AM

The best way to listen to Greendale is to get the 2nd-time around reissue with the black cover, which comes with a DVD of recording sessions for the album with scenes from the movie playing on the walls. It's really wonderful insight into his genius process and enriches every aspect of the songs as you watch.

Posted by borrowed tunes at April 6, 2005 10:37 PM

Wow - the Neil Young tune is amazing. Much to my embarassment I only 'discovered' Neil Young last summer, but this is cos I don't give a shit about "amazing guitar solos", and I hate "Heart of Gold"... I had kinda been assuming that anything after "Harvest" wouldn't be to my taste, but I guess there are going to be returns-to-acousticry peppered all over. Is any of the rest of "Greendale" like this? Anything else I should seek out as a megafan of the non-rockin' bits of "Comes a time" and "AFter the Goldrush"?

Also - great words, dan. nailed it.

Posted by Sean at April 7, 2005 8:30 AM

Thanks for the Robot Ate Me track - I've been singing "Our Bones Were Chalk" off and on the past few days while doing housework - for some reason the dogs seem to like it.

Posted by EK at April 7, 2005 11:09 AM

I've been following Neil's music since 1975 and Greendale is a decent set but not his best. "Bandit" is an acquired taste and an interesting piece for longtime fans to ponder, but will not convert any new fans.

Sean: you should check out "Zuma" from 1976; it changed my life and turned me into a hardcore NY fan. Other great albums are "Rust Never Sleeps", "Freedom" and "Ragged Glory".

Posted by Tim at April 24, 2005 7:05 PM

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