Magazine article New Internationalist

(Young, Neil. Harvest Moon)

Magazine article New Internationalist

(Young, Neil. Harvest Moon)

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Neil Young continues to be the most erratic of North American heirs to the folk tradition. One moment he'll be exploring his R&B roots and taking a satirical swipe at corporate sponsorship (This Note's For You); the next he'll be rooted in a pure folk - protest vein (the excellent Freedom); then suddenly he'll be claiming kinship with the new generation of grunge rockers and bringing out an entire CD of guitar feedback culled from live performances.

If these show Young the radical, Harvest Moon is Young the conservative. Not politically conservative as he was a few years back, when he briefly and bizarrely declared himself a confirmed Reaganite; but personally conservative in that he's harking back to a less complicated past. His early 1970s album Harvest was among his simplest (and most popular) works, and one of the few that espoused anything like hippie beatifism. …

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