Tell Me Why / After the Gold Rush / Only Love Can Break Your Heart / Southern Man / Till the Morning Comes / Oh Lonesome Me / Don't Let It Bring You Down / Birds / When You Dance I Can Really Love / I Believe in You / Crippled Creek Ferry
by Runar Igesund
After the Goldrush is a "right" album. Right in the sense that it changes and grows, along with the listener. The first time I listened to it, I thought that "Southern Man" was the only cool track on the album. Maybe because it, together with "When You Dance I Can Really Love", were the only tracks that were with an electric band. But soon I learned to appreciate the fine lyrics of "Tell Me Why," and the ingenious melody of "Don't Let It Bring You Down." And "After the Goldrush" sums up the album, as a title track should. A mostly acoustic album, it tends to be a bit soft, like on Neil's cover version of Don Gibson's "Oh Lonesome Me." It's nice and calm, and doesn't "tear up the neighborhood." But most of all, the arrangements underline what might be Neil Young's finest collection of tender melodies.