Music review: Neil Young with Crazy Horse 'Psychedelic Pill'

Neil Young returns to form with Crazy Horse and “Psychedelic Pill.”
Published: November 2, 2012
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“Born in Ontario” is strutting and twangy “Harvest”-style country-rock, “Twisted Road” is a jaunty, mid-tempo tribute to Young's old-time influences (including Dylan, Orbison and a couple of others), “She's Always Dancing” sounds like an emotionally burning moment that could have come from Young's cantankerous “Rust Never Sleeps” period, “For the Love of Man” is a beautiful spiritual from bohemian heaven, and “Walk Like a Giant” lives up to its title, with its roiling, 16-minute guitar tirade, words of defiance, and whistling that embeds itself in the consciousness like the marching theme from “Bridge Over the River Kwai.”

“Psychedelic Pill” more than makes up for the disappointing “Americana,” the Young/Horse reunion album of folk song covers that released just last June.

Still the angry rebel and idiosyncratic artist who hasn't abandoned the hippie dream, Young returns to form with his favorite backing band and the best record he's done in decades.

— Gene Triplett