A Letter Home [Deluxe Edition] (LP)


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



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
A Letter Home Intro
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2.
Changes
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3.
Girl From The North Country
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4.
Needle Of Death
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5.
Early Morning Rain
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6.
Crazy
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Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Reason To Believe
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2.
On The Road Again
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3.
If You Could Only Read My Mind
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5.
Since I Met You Baby
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5.
My Hometown
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6.
I Wonder If I Care As Much
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Also available in: LP , CD
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