On The Beach Review

artist: Neil Young date: 09/11/2006 category: compact discs
Neil Young: On The Beach
Released: Jul 1974
Label: Reprise
Genre: Rock
Styles: Country-Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Folk-Rock
Number Of Tracks: 8
Full of despair and little hope, On the Beach would nevertheless eventually come to be reappraised as a rock culture masterpiece.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 10
On The Beach Reviewed by: unregistered, on july 30, 2005
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: The album has a very dark and moody atmosphere. He made this at a time when he was beginning to feel alone and abandoned by his peers and the media. The album is somewhat depressing, but the truth isn't always about feeling good. It starts off rather upbeat with Walk On. Then immediately starts down the melancholy path with See The Sky About To Rain, which has an excellent guitar sound, real clean and chimey. Recolution blues has a more folk rock sound and is mostly acoustic. // 10

Lyrics: Neil Young is the master expressing himself through song. He knocks former president nixon on ambulance blues, "I never knew a man could tell so many lies." Whether bashing out political statements or reflecting on his own demons he is at his best. His delivery has always been his trademark singing with such raw power and emotion, he is the only singer I know of with that kind of delivery. // 10

Overall Impression: My personnal favorite and the song Motion Pictures should be heard by every person with ears. // 10

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overall: 10
On The Beach Reviewed by: SWLABR, on september 11, 2006
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: This album was released in 1974, as the follow up to Neil's immensely successful Harvest album. However, this was not the album that was intended to be released. Between these albums, Neil's guitarist Danny Whitten died of a drug overdose. This was a very dark time and Neil put the album Tonight's the Night out to be released, but his label said it was too dark to put out and told him to make another one. So he came up with this one. This is a very "chill" album. Very mellow and it takes it's time getting to where it needs to go. // 10

Lyrics: The first song Walk On, was a response song to Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama, which in turn was a response to Neil's Southern Man. And Ambulance Blues is, in my opinion, his best written song ever. It goes on forever and each stanza gets better than the last. His best line is "You're all just pissin' in the wind; you don't know it, but you are. And there ain't nothin like a friend; who can tell you you're just pissin' in the wind." This is Neil at his best on this album. // 10

Overall Impression: It's his best album, more fluid and mature than After The Goldrush and more diverse and introspective than Harvest. I love everything about it. The best songs are On the Beach, Ambulance Blues, amd Motion Pictures, oh and Revolution Blues, and Vampire Blues. Or The Blues Trilogy as it is known. Go buy it! // 10

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