On The Beach

Neil Young - On The Beach
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Based on 4 reviews
1974 Ratings: #10 / 97
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1974 Ratings: #5
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Neil Young continues his ridiculously great run of albums. Utilizing various session musicians for different tracks, Neil preferred the rougher sounding takes to the cleaner versions. The b-side of this album was actually supposed to be the a-side (starting with the title track). Recorded after (but released before) Tonight's the Night (which was initially shelved by record executives), this one is particularly filled with despair. Featuring a very stripped down sound and not achieving any ... read more
Neil Young perfectly encapsulates what it's like to be on the beach on a dreary day, with a contrast of upbeat instrumentals and bleak lyrics.

Honestly, I'm really struggling to get a solid grasp of this album. I've been listening to this multiple times a day for the past couple of days now and I still don't have a solid understanding of it. This album is so unique in its presentation, with a lot of the songs sounding very cheery but having lyrics that are the exact opposite of that, and it ... read more
Although hailed as one of Neil Young's best works, On The Beach simply didn't click for me. This album marks his fifth release, and his forth considered to be an incredible run for Young as a soloist. This is especially true for his last two releases, which saw Neil Young riding an incredible wave of momentum into his next release. Something about this album, though, seems to speak much like After The Gold Rush; an album that serves Neil Young fans well but doesn't feel like the most incredible ... read more
How magnificently has Neil Young captured the need to be on the beach, in the hour of loss, confronting real pain with heartfelt blues, while staring at the sea,
it's one of these, rare moments when consolation is faraway, but so close.
Neil Young from 1969 to 1975 was basically an unstoppable force making back to back amazing albums and all of them each have they're on personality and feel fresh from one and another. On the Beach is the third to last of these amazing streak being a more mellow but quite an introspective album with some very strong lyrics truly makes this album able to stand on its own against the other masterpieces in his discography.

Track Review

Walk On 10/10
See the Sky About to Rain 9.5/10
Revolution ... read more
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Track List

  1. Walk On
  2. See the Sky About to Rain
  3. Revolution Blues
  4. For the Turnstiles
  5. Vampire Blues
  6. On the Beach
  7. Motion Pictures
  8. Ambulance Blues
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Added on: March 8, 2013