Music » Spun

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill (Reprise)

Aging troubadour is back, with an angry, regretful and lamenting release

comment
REPRISE
  • Reprise

Neil Young & Crazy Horse's second collaborative release of 2012 finds an angry, regretful, and lamenting Young. Opener "Drifting Back" clocks in at just shy of a half hour and wields a heavy hand of free-form songwriting, social commentary and personal demons. It is as much a rebellion against society's casual dismissal of art as a bitter resentment of modern audio formats. The track sets the stage for an unassumingly personal tour given by our aging troubadour. The title track follows suit with hypnotic distortion, phasing to and fro as a wave of electric fuzz with tinges of an acid flashback. Young has crafted an album that is a '70s stoner van, driving in a world with four dollar a gallon gas prices. He traces back to the failures of the '60s, but voices to an audience too far removed, a plea not lost in "Walk Like A Giant." At times disjointed and lacking a center, Psychedelic Pill "tries to make sense of my inner rage." Young is not looking to sell records, but rather to find solace in the catharsis of his own musical merits. —M. R. Brown

Tags

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.