Young and Crazy Horse Return to Epic-Length Rock on Massive Triple Album. Audiophile Sound and Meticulous Packaging: Cut at Bernie Grundman Studios by Chris Bellman, Pressed at Pallas, Housed in Deluxe Gatefold Sleeve. Side F features a bonus art etching. Mastered specifically for the vinyl release.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse haven't sounded quite like this since 1990's Ragged Glory. Expanding upon the parameters set on this year's magnificent Americana covers album, the legendary Canadian artist and the world's most famous garage-rock backing band return with their first album of original music since 2003's Greendale. But whereas the latter was political in nature, Psychedelic Pill is all about the grooves, rhythms, hooks, electricity, and transcendent feelings that occur when rock music works inside your mind, body, and spirit.
Fans that have been waiting for Young to unleash on the guitar, and set about to jamming as he's been doing far back as 1967's Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere will find plenty to love. Yep, this is Young and Co. unbridled, untamed, unmitigated. The opening tune, "Driftin' Back," clocks in at more than 27 minutes. The aptly titled "Walk Like a Giant" logs more than 16 minutes.
Several songs on the album were road-tested by Young and the Horse on the road, and constitute a main part of the group's fall 2012 tour. Other tunes, such as "Born In Ontario," emerged during Young's solo jaunt during 2011. No matter their genesis, every track lingers with supreme emotion and driving, hypnotic, huge sound. Cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Studios, and pressed on dead-quiet 180g LP at Pallas, this 3LP set is an audiophile's dream and analog fanatic's wish come true.
Don't spook the Horse? Too late. Paired with Americana, Psychedelic Pill makes a strong case for 2012 being the Year of the Horse. Get your saddle ready.
"Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s first new studio album of original material in nine years gives a symbolic middle finger to modern convention. It is a stubborn and curmudgeonly statement in no hurry to go anywhere, and feels nary an obligation to apologize for its imperfections. It is the unmistakable sound of an artist doing things on his own terms and caring not an iota if he doesn’t make everyone happy…It is alternatively indulgent and lean, nostalgic and contemporary, humorous and serious, unscripted and planned, frustrating and engaging, simple and complex…Approached on its own terms, Psychedelic Pill is also another master stroke from an icon who, nearing 67 years old, could sleepwalk through the remainder of his career rather than continue to take bold risks and potentially antagonize—even alienate." --Bob Gendron, TONEAudio, October 10, 2012 and Issue 49