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As the 1980's came to a close, Neil Young's 1989 album 'Freedom' marked the return of Young to top form. The 80's are often referred to as Young's "lost" decade after turning out a series of albums which left many fans scratching their heads at his experiments in techno, rockabilly, and country.
The album contains one of Young's most important songs "Rockin in The Free World" with lyrics that have become anthems for major events of 1989.
A ranking of the ten most important albums in the history of alternative music was compiled in 2001 by Pagewise. Listed as the number one most influential album is 'Freedom' by Neil Young. From review:
From the Funhouse! review by Rustie Jeff Dove:
A careful listening, and perusal of the liner notes, places the tracks into a few sort of fuzzy categories. 'Rockin' in the Free World,' which opens and closes the album in different versions, recalls Rust Never Sleeps. The parallel goes beyond the similar tactic, used in 'Hey Hey, My My (Out of the Blue) / My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Black),' but the styles of the two recordings on Freedom match Rust Never Sleep's live acoustic A-side and Crazy Horse-raging B-side. As with 'Hey Hey...,' and for that matter as with Tonight's The Night on the album of the same name, the two versions have some lyrical differences. The opening version of 'Rockin' in the Free World' is a live solo acoustic version from a Jones Beach, Long Island, NY show, while the closer is an electric ripper that is right in there with the best of the Horse. "
In a Q Music Magazine review by Mat Snow:
"Crime In The City" presents gangs a ghetto hood, a corrupt cop, a psycho and a record industry sleazeball into the cause of expanding this theme. Likewise, a version of The Drifters' On Broadway replaces its original romance with grinding, couldn't-give-a-shit urban squalor, Neil Young's overloaded electric guitar distilling the essence of snarl-up and brutal city roar. In his voice and guitar Neil Young packs a complex of emotions, from terror to bleak resignation to plangent compassion, forcing us to confront again what may seem like over-familiar territory.
Reviews of Neil Young Albums
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