A Letter Home

Neil Young - A Letter Home
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
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Based on 18 ratings
April 19, 2014 / Release Date
Cover / Format
Third Man / Label
Folk Rock / Genres
Jack White, Neil Young / Producer
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Another covers album, but this one rides heavily on a gimmick that's interesting to begin with, that being that it was recorded in a 1947 Voice-o-Graph, giving it a vintage feel.

A Letter Home is interesting in its sound, but that's about it. While the covers here aren't bad in the slightest, they aren't great either. Aside from the obvious aesthetic choices Neil went for in this album, the songs themselves are so close to the original versions that you may as well just listen to the originals ... read more


What a pretty, sad, quaint LP from Neil Young. Recorded in Jack White's 1940s recording booth, the album reads as a letter of love to his childhood, his inspirations and in particular his late mother. Heartfelt and poignant, the stylistic choices enhance the atmosphere of wistful nostalgia.

Essential Track - My Hometown


Hooray! A cover's album!!! Surely he'll put a cool twist on some of these songs. Nope. Add to that, A Letter Home sounds like shit, though that's understandable because these are likely demos. You can tell barely anything was done to enhance how this album sounds, and it shows. The very first track is good! The second track comes along and you say to yourself "You know, I kinda like this vibe". No more than 3 songs later you say "This isn't very interesting anymore, I can't wait ... read more

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Track List

  1. A Letter Home Intro
  2. Changes
  3. Girl From The North Country
  4. Needle Of Death
  5. Early Morning Rain
  6. Crazy
  7. Reason To Believe
  8. On The Road Again
  9. If You Could Read My Mind
  10. Since I Met You Baby
  11. My Hometown
  12. I Wonder If I Care As Much

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Added on: April 30, 2014