A Letter Home (CD)


Neil Young

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Amoeba Review

05/26/2014

The story behind Neil Young's latest release tends to supersede the music itself. The album of classic folk covers was recorded in an old-timey vinyl recording booth that Jack White refurbished and is housed at White's Third Man Studios. Leave it to the adventurous Young to record an entire album in a novelty arcade attraction. But the booth gives the album an endlessly intriguing feel, both immediate and nostalgic, like a faded polaroid. Instead of a heavy-handed, overly reverential set of covers, we get an album that pops and hisses, given the recording tool's limitations, and feels alive, given Young's one-take performances. His performance of Bert Jansch's anti-drug ballad "Needle of Death," for instance, feels desperate and essential as Young gives a heartfelt vocal and his guitar warps and twists, adding unintentional shading to a heavy song. While A Letter Home may be seen as a gimmicky one-off, it's got feeling etched into its grooves.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
A Letter Home Intro
Neil Young 02:17
2.
Changes
Neil Young 03:56
3.
Girl From The North Country
Neil Young 03:31
4.
Needle Of Death
Neil Young 04:57
5.
Early Morning Rain
Neil Young 04:26
6.
Crazy
Neil Young 02:20
7.
Reason To Believe
Neil Young 02:49
8.
On The Road Again
Neil Young 02:23
9.
If You Could Only Read My Mind
Neil Young 04:04
10.
Since I Met You Baby
Neil Young 02:13
11.
My Hometown
Neil Young 04:08
12.
I Wonder If I Care As Much
Neil Young 02:32

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