Neil Young – Dead Man

★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine

What’s it sound like?

Textural guitar noodling by Young

Thoughts

It’s kind of unfair reviewing this as its a soundtrack but whatever, doesn’t really work as say standalone album. Half of it is corny dialogue that’s skipable. The 6 guitar solos are interesting on a superficial level but nothing very memorable.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Neil-Young-Dead-Man/release/7549268

Listen!

Youtube





Spotify

Schema Info

Neil Young – Dead Man

Description: Album Review of Neil Young – Dead Man


Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Nico – Chelsea Girl

★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening

What’s it sound like?

Folksy 60s new York singer songwriter with dramatic string arrangements. No bass or percussion, Nico’s distinct voice is at the center of it all, singing lyrics about friends, life, change, stories of new york (especially convincing considering she didn’t write any of the lyrics).

I like the dark textures of ‘it was a pleasure then’, an electric guitar is employed to do general noodling and effects before breaking into some dissonant soundscape. It’s particularly effective given the album had been entirely acoustic.

Thoughts

This album has aged very well. Nico’s nonchalant character feels very New York and the album carries a feeling of walking around the city. Her vocal range is limited but her distinct masculinity is appealing.

I see this continuing to have a ‘cool’ appeal for future listeners through her association with the velvet underground. My only previous exposure to Nico was on the VU’s debut, surprised to know a number of the singles.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Nico-Chelsea-Girl/release/2443457

Listen!

Youtube





Spotify

Crescent – Resin Pockets

★★★☆☆ = Good!

What’s it sound like?

Pleasant, soulful, lo-fi folksy rock with wandering lyrics.

Thoughts

Feels like a spiritual cousin to the glow pt 2, a certain authenticity is captured that makes this a good listen. I like the lofi instrumentation which is simple but effective and meticulous in execution; a strange juxtaposition to the lackadaisical vibe that’s created. The linear notes include photos of the music being recorded outside in various locations, fitting considering this inspired thoughts of being outside in a grassy field on a summer day.

I understand this band has some cachet and I’ll be looking to hear more.

More Info

https://www.discogs.com/Crescent-Resin-Pockets/release/10358438

Listen!

Youtube

Spotify

More Info:

https://www.discogs.com/Crescent-Resin-Pockets/release/10358438

Listen!

Spotify:

Youtube: