Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II Album Review

Neil Young Chrome Dreams II Album

Review of Chrome Dreams II Album by Neil Young

Neil Young

Chrome Dreams II

Album Review

If you've never heard an 18-minute song seem not a moment too long, have a listen to this follow-up to 1977's unreleased Chrome Dreams. Ordinary People is classic Neil Young (well, up to the saxophone solo) that has been one of Young's 'great unreleased' songs for over a decade now - wonderful Rust-like rock - and its meandering insistency recalls Bob Dylan's Hurricane.

Much of this disc is a proper return to Zuma, After The Gold Rush and Rust form - it's Neil Young in his wheezy, shambling songsmith form, imperfect guitars and whiney voice, but the whole (especially the Crazy Horses songs) is wonderful. However, it's not all great - recent illness perhaps can be blamed for Shining Light and The Believer, although they are redeemed in spades when Spirit Road kicks in. The album continues to vary - Ever After's weak, and The Way's kiddie chorus is a bit of a shame as an album closer. But, after 2006's ranting Living With War, Chrome Dreams II sounds like a Neil Young who is having fun, and the sound of Neil Young having fun is genuinely welcome.

Rating 8/10

Mike Rea




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