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The '80s were an experimental time for Neil Young. He explored the use of vocoder (Trans), rockabilly (Everybody's Rockin'), country music (Old Ways), and with This Note's for You, uptown blues and R&B. A six-piece horn section adds a feisty punch in spots. The title track is a striking critique of corporate sponsorship that was initially banned from MTV before becoming the Video of the Year. Young's guitar work is stinging on the upbeat numbers, adding grit to "Life in the City" and "Ten Men Working." The slow blues of "Can't Believe Your Lyin'" is a nocturnal treat. "Coupe de Ville" is a gentle ballad that's pure Young, with a trace of On the Beach atmosphere lining its sweet sorrow. "Twilight" and "One Thing" shudder, with Young's wobbly vocals adding emotional pathos. "Hey Hey," "Life in the City," and "Married Man" are standard blues. "Sunny Inside" is reminiscent of '60s soul. This album led to Young's next artistic renaissance; Freedom would bring him to all the way back to form.


Born: 12 November 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After Neil Young left the California folk-rock band Buffalo Springfield in 1968, he slowly established himself as one of the most influential and idiosyncratic singer/songwriters of his generation. Young's body of work ranks second only to Bob Dylan in terms of depth, and he was able to sustain his critical reputation, as well as record sales, for a longer period of time than Dylan, partially because of his willfully perverse work ethic. From the beginning of his solo career in the late '60s through...
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