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Broken Arrow by Neil Young
Released: Jul 1996
Label: Reprise
Neil Young's spectacularly gnarly work with Crazy Horse is not exactly prized for its high fidelity -- so it goes with this raw, vibrant, bootleg-feeling 1996 workout, opening with three lumbering monsters (dig the ghostly melody of "Slip Away") before settling down for a few brisker jams. "Changing Highways" is a fine country-blues lope; if it bothers you that the guitar crunch often buries Young's vocals, his deeply intimate solo turn on "Music Arcade" will spell you. The album closes with a rumbling take on Jimmy Reed's "Baby What You Want Me to Do," which really sounds like a bootleg.
Rob Harvilla
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