Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Zuma
Critic Score
Based on 2 reviews
1975 Ratings: #21 / 87
User Score
Based on 104 ratings
1975 Ratings: #20
Liked by 7 people
November 10, 1975 / Release Date
LP / Format
Reprise / Label
Neil Young, David Briggs, Tim Mulligan / Producer
Neil Young, Crazy Horse / Primary Artists
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Neil Young reunites with Crazy Horse and makes an album that you would expect if you heard their first release together: an album that is much more focused on the instrumentation than on the writing, but that doesn't mean Young doesn't give us anything worthwhile in the lyric department.

I do have to note that I do think that this is the weakest Neil Young album lyrically in his classic run. Where every single album in his '70s discography could be picked apart and analyzed endlessly, Zuma ... read more
The reunion after six years of Crazy Horse and Neil Young follows a similar yet toned down path of their 1969 album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. These are guitar-driver tracks that give Neil Young a little bit of a lesser focus than his solo work where he ends up being the only star. Young had decidedly proven himself as a man who needed no band to keep his sound moving forward. Just because you don't need a band doesn't mean you can't have one from time to time.

These are heavily muted ... read more
After the ditch trilogy Neil comes out of the fog with a happy reunion of sorts. These are clean guitar rock songs, especially when compared to the past three. Not a bad song on here, I'm just gonna keep running with the Neil shit while I wait for some 2019 albums I'm excited about.

Fuck Cortez, am I right?
Continuing a run of excellent albums Neil teamed up with Crazy Horse to produce the rockier Zuma and its excellent album cover. A very cohesive album and it sounds like everybody enjoyed themselves here.

Essential Track - Cortez the Killer

Incredibly solid stuff, but the very high score is obviously for Cortez the Killer, which is one of the most beautiful (if historically inaccurate) songs of all time.
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Added on: December 8, 2013