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If you found yourself swooning over the folky love songs on 2000’s Silver & Gold, you may fall even harder for 2002’s Are you Passionate?. The tunes here are just as memorable and amorous, but this time Neil landed the seminal Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MG’s as his backing ensemble, which accounts for the warm and familiar grooves that abound. Where Silver & Gold would well accompany a romantic walk in the California countryside, Are you Passionate? sounds meant for hot southern nights on a porch swing. Neil’s trusty Les Paul blends amazingly well with the legendary Memphis band on those classic soul rhythms — right out of the gate, the opening “You’re My Girl” plays as timeless as “Green Onions,” though the riff is a lax take on Otis Redding’s “I Can’t Turn You Loose.” The sludgy stomp that makes “Let’s Roll” was inspired by the last words of Todd Beamer — the passenger of Flight 93 who overtook the terrorists on 9/11. But this album has already aged far better than Neil’s more politically active tunes born shortly after the George W. Bush occupation of Iraq.

Customer Reviews

Are You Passionate?

Think about 9/11 when you listen to this almost motown album. A great Booker T. collaboration.

A few great songs

Mr. Disappointment and Quit are two of my favorite NY songs. When I Hold You in My Arms and Two Old Friends are also worthwhile.

R U Passionate?

As a big Neil fan, this one realy snuck up on me. Bought it, put it away for a year or so, pulled it out and fell in love with it. This will grow on you big time. Are You Passionatre? and Quit are my fav's.


Born: November 12, 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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