Neil Young and Crazy Horse's Barn - What You Need To Know
At the tender age of 76, Neil Young continues to put artists a third of his age to shame with his productivity, his latest offering, Barn, is in hmv stores this week and here is everything you need to know about it...
A little background…
The last time Neil Young went through a year without releasing a new LP was 2018, though, in his defence, he had released two full-length efforts the year before.
In 2021 alone, he has released three live albums. The first, titled Way Down in the Rust Bucket, captured the singer and Crazy Horse in action in 1990 at The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, while another, Young Shakespeare, finds the singer by himself in 1971 at the beloved Shakespeare Theatre in Connecticut. As well as that, the singer also released Carnegie Hall 1970, which captured Young as he rounded off a seminal year, in live action three months after he had released the iconic After The Gold Rush.
After such a chunk of time celebrating the past, it was time for something new, which is where Barn comes in.
To make the album, Young has reunited with his sometime band Crazy Horse. The line-up this time includes bassist Billy Talbot, drummer Ralph Molina and multi-instrumentalist Nils Lofgren.
The album was recorded this past summer in a restored 19th-century barn high up in the Rockies, a barn that gives the 10-track album its name.
A film of the making of the album, directed by Young's wife, actress Daryl Hannah, will be released alongside the LP.
Who’s producing it?
Niko Bolas, who has worked with Young off and on for over 30 years, has teamed up with the man himself to form The Volume Dealers. They’ve produced the record together.
Any special guests?
Aside from Crazy Horse, this is a raw, concise collection and not a guest-packed extravaganza.
What does it sound like?
Barn finds Young and his collaborators in a freewheeling mood, creating a raw, sometimes shonky, but always powerful collection of tracks. The mix is rough, but you can feel the warmth and passion cascading through the speakers.
Mostly Young and co keep themselves under the five-minute mark, but opener 'Song Of The Seasons' and the epic 'Welcome Back', the foursome really go for it.
Does it deliver?
This is a joyful collection and one diehard Young fans will absolutely adore. For the more casual listener, this is a good time country-flecked rock record.