Year of the Horse - The Album
A Review by GRUMPY FROM THE HIPPIE HYPERSPACE
Serge MoMo Gironnay's Review
Lost Dog's anticipatory story
The I Magazine review - they love it!
Pathfinder review - 4 (out of 5)
Jam review - 4 (out of 5)
Wall of Sound review - 81 (out of 100)
Q review - 3 (out of 5)
AllSTAR review - 6 (out of 10)
Addicted To Noise review - "Pretty Good"
NME review - 2 (out of 5)
Johnny One-Song -- a review in the Boston Phoenix
Trollmann og bråkebøtte -- a Norwegian review
DOBBELT HYLDEST TIL ET ROCKBANDA -- a Danish review
MSN Music Central rating (vote) - currently 4 1/2 (out of 5)
A lousy review by Tom Perlich
(Other reviews to be added...)
Year of the Horse, Exclusive First Reviewby GRUMPY FROM THE HIPPIE HYPERSPACE
I've just received a promotional copy of YOTH double CD. I've just finished listening to it.... GREAT!
The track list is the one we all knew (no Change Your Mind and no substitute for it). And I can tell to you and all the Neilheads in the world that it is PURE NEIL & THE HORSE AT THEIR BEST.
It lasts 85 minutes (as a double LP) and has wonderful, never heard before (outside the concert hall), live versions of Danger Bird (13 minutes -- AWESOME!), Mr. Soul (acoustic -- but with The Horse), Human Highway (acoustic with The Horse -- much better than the one on the Comes A Time album), Pocahontas (Electric!! Same mood as Country Home) and others.
Here for you are my brief notes.
YOTH...It's all one songby Serge MoMo Gironnay
Just got YOTH, just listened to it once, but it's all one song ....
When You Dance -- Let's go to Neil's galaxy. It's just like a takeoff, like a mountain that's growing, a river that rolls, let me come over I know you know."
Barstool Blues -- The drums are clicking, the horse is still galloping, the solo is pouring in all Malibu's bars, Ralph is the barman, "let me see your face again before I have to go."
When Your Lonely Heart Breaks -- The bass is playing memories, "what's your problem she's gone." Cleo, a comet is born with the first notes of the guitar, but with the final notes she's gone away.
Mister Soul -- The comet is coming again but I can't see where she goes. "Is it strange I should change? I don't know, why don't you ask her?"
Big Time -- The galaxy is all over you, each note is a comet, and The Horse is galloping. "Talk about eternity..." Yes for sure the Milky Way is not so far....
...And the comet met Pocahontas, Marlon Brando, and they talked of the Astrodome and the first teepee...
Human Highways -- The comet is coming down, she is settling down on your shoulder and she is saying in a murmur: "I come down from the misty mountain, I got lost on the human highway."
Slip Away -- The galaxy is asking for the comet again. "And when the music started, she just slipped away." The guitar is just like a wave, moving her away, just some stressed notes are showing you where she is.
Scattered -- The comet is in the galaxy, it's cool. "No more sadness, no more cares, let's think about living, let's think about life, like a comet painted on the sky..." A silence followed by the last notes like the last twinklings.
But, Caesar, The Danger Bird is coming now, and some notes are really like a bird cry. Neil's guitar tries and tries to get this bird to fly, fly away in the Milky Way...
Just some notes from a bar!!! Oops, we are landing on Earth now. Prisoners of Rock'n'Roll -- I never heard Neil's guitar like that on that song, he is really a prisoner who wants to escape....
Smell the horse on this one (and you really hear Neil sniffing !!!!)
Sedan Delivery -- Gotta get away, you're no longer a Prisoner of R&R. "I recall how Ceasar and Cleo made love in the Milky Way..." The guitar leaves the sound groove and stops.
Where am I ?