Sound: Neil Young takes you on a little trip to a place called Greendale, a small place but a place with a lot going on. Neil paints a visual postcard with each of his mellowed out hippy ramblings set to the mostly bluesy and familiar chugging garage groove of Crazy Horse. // 6
Lyrics: Neil introduces the family who live on the double e rancho. There's Earl, Sun, Edith, Jed, Mum, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa Green. We find out that Jed's in jail for the murder of Charmichael who was a cop, Earl's an artist driving around with his paintings, young Sun Green protests the war and making a difference at age 18 and meets earth watching her dance in a bar. There is a lot happening in Greendale and old Uncle Neil immortalises it all through song. Vocal highlight for Neil is definately Bandit, which is one of the best songs he has written in 25 years in my opinion and a clear cut above the rest of the songs on here. // 7
Overall Impression: Greendale is to be appreciated for it's story telling and the good morals and realness that Neil sings about however it cannot be classed as one of Neil's very best albums. It is really a concept album with recurring characters and themes and the only song that could stand on it's own would be the brilliant 'Bandit'.
I love Neil's music and enjoy this charming and laid back tunes but it is not the place to start if you are new to Neil's music. // 6