Neil Young - Homegrown
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2020 Ratings: #46 / 692
User Score
Based on 214 ratings
2020 Ratings: #246
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June 19, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

This cheery, commercial collection was ditched in favour of the darker 'Tonight’s The Night'. Today, it stands as proof of Young's endless talent.

92
Paste

One could quibble about the album’s merits stacked against other classic titles in Young’s catalog. But where many of his archival releases support his legacy, Homegrown establishes itself as its own rightful—perhaps even required—chapter in that legacy, yet another bold statement from one of the musical giants of the last half-century.

90
Rolling Stone

In 1975, Homegrown evoked an organic hippie ideal. Right now, the title has more depressing overtones. But, in a sense, it’s hard to think of a better time to hunker down and listen to songs of anguish, confusion, and isolation.

90
Clash

‘Homegrown’ not only lives up to the hype of being a lost classic, it surpasses it.

90
Albumism

The clarity of Homegrown’s recording is unreal and the personnel is to boot.

90
AllMusic

Hearing these (sometimes very familiar) songs in this particular sequence is a journey, one that winds along a twisted road yet provides an experience as complete as its mid-'70s companion LPs. It's not a footnote but an essential part of Neil Young's catalog.

88
Pitchfork

After 46 years, Neil Young unearths a lost but highly consequential album, a collection of humble, stripped-back love songs he began writing at what was arguably the artistic zenith of his career.

80
The Guardian

There’s a temptation with Young to concentrate on the big statement songs, but the joy of Homegrown is its lightness of touch.

80
Slant Magazine
The album turns out to be missing link in Young’s catalog as much for Shakey’s emotional life as it is for his stylistic choices.
80
Exclaim!

Through songs now considered longtime favourites, and ones that will now find wider audiences, Homegrown is now free to stand as a more organic, lovelorn harvest of the personal turmoil that influenced Young's revered mid-'70s output.

80
DIY

When ‘Homegrown’ soars, it acts as further proof that few in history can reach the emotional peaks that Neil Young can.

80
The Telegraph
A long-abandoned album shows the American rocker at his mid-1970s finest, but swamped by personal troubles and raw emotion.
78
Beats Per Minute

It is perhaps best to enjoy Homegrown without this complicated exercise, accepting its delayed release as part of the album itself, and the fact that all music reaches you exactly at the time it should — usually when you most need it.

75
Consequence of Sound

Homegrown isn’t a game-changing album in the grand scheme of Young’s career, but it offers enough of a whiff to understand that this is Young at the height of his powers using his art to find reasons to endure.

70
musicOMH

The lack of ripe new fruit is probably what makes Homegrown a slight disappointment, but judged by most standards, it’s still a very solid collection that vividly reflects a turbulent chapter in Neil Young’s long and eventful career.

70
Classic Rock

Homegrown was strong enough to have been released in 1975 and Young is right to exhume it now. But that doesn’t mean he was necessarily wrong then. He may have been baring his soul, but he was smart enough to know just how rotten that soul had fleetingly become.

70
American Songwriter

In retrospect, Young’s decision may have been for the best, but like everything he’s done, Homegrown still has much to offer. In retrospect, and with all things considered, it’s not a bad blend.

70
Spectrum Culture
A solid but flawed work from an artist who thrives on exposing his failings for all the world to see.
60
The Observer

An unremarkable band blues and an unlistenable finger-on-wineglass affair contribute little to an album that’s well-found but, like much of Young’s recent output, for the committed.

dearsongs
80
Tonight's The Night was actually recorded in '73, Homegrown in '75. The story goes that Neil played these albums for some friends in '75 after which deciding to drop Tonight's The Night while holding back Homegrown for another 45 years.

Not as heavy/drunk/in the ditch as Tonight's The Night or On the Beach, Homegrown strangely plays lighter. Still though, the album is born out of an ending relationship with the mother of his first child and is very personal country rock. 7 tracks on here that ... read more
JustSomeGuy
82
That moment when one of the best singer-songwriters of the '70s holds off on releasing an album for 45 years just so that he can get album of the year in 2020.

Homegrown was always going to be one of the most interesting and likeable projects of whatever year Neil decided to drop it in. It being one of those albums that he just didn't release when he originally intended to, and one that he would perform the tracks of live over the years, causing more intrigue to the album, to say that ... read more
HoodieBraden
70
There are some definite highlights here but there's also a good amount of material that is easily dismissable. It's nice to finally get songs like "Love Is A Rose" and "Vacancy" out to the public but I can't say that this album would've been received well if it was released in 1975. Neil was putting out great album after great album in the 70s and I'm not sure that Homegrown would've fit in well with powerhouse folk albums like After The Gold Rush, On The Beach, Harvest, and ... read more
zachthesnack
73
That interlude about the guy crashing his hang glider was fucking insane
gopxity
66
Yeah I wish I liked this a bit more. It was enjoyable but also pretty slow. I don't see myself coming back to more than just a couple of these tracks.

Favorite tracks: Love is a Rose, Vacancy
Least favorite: Try
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Track List

  1. Separate Ways
  2. Try
  3. Mexico
  4. Love Is A Rose
  5. Homegrown
  6. Florida
  7. Kansas
  8. We Don't Smoke It
  9. White Line
  10. Vacancy
  11. Little Wing
  12. Star Of Bethlehem
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Added on: May 15, 2020