After the Gold Rush

Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
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Based on 5 reviews
1970 Ratings: #23 / 106
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Based on 436 ratings
1970 Ratings: #6
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With his newfound confidence, Young was poised to stretch, and After the Gold Rush sounds a bit like an overview of the Great American Songbook but with one guy writing almost all the songs.

Rolling Stone

Despite the fact that the album contains some potentially first rate material, none of the songs here rise above the uniformly dull surface.

Under The Radar

There isn't another album quite so quintessentially Neil Young as After the Gold Rush, where he felt so comfortable and confident in his own skin.

Is it bad to say I didn't really enjoy this?

It's not bad, in fact, I don't think there was anything that terrible about this album, it's just, this is the most standard blues folk rock album I ever heard. Also, I just want to get this out of the way, but I hate Neil Young's voice, (or at least on this album) it's just so pitchy and old grandpa sounding, his voice was not pleasant to listen to. I will give credit for the album for starting pretty strongly with Tell Me Why, the instrumentation ... read more
I mean its a classic for a reason
“when your old enough to repay, but young enough to sell”

I’ve heard his name thousands of times. I’m from the south, its kind of a given to hear this name or a song from him once or twice. and while flipping through old The Walking Dead comics i come across his name (I’ve remembered Kirkman saying he was a fan Neil Young too) from the infamous Negan (i think so, i couldn’t find the reference this morning anywhere).

so it’s 12AM. Nothing much else to ... read more
On it's own 'After the Gold Rush' is an incredibly dense, melancholic, thoughtful and well written piece of folk rock that I gravitate heavily towards, but in the grander scheme of Neil Youngs catalogue this is possibly one of if not his best work. Whether you believe this falls into the country sphere is irrelevant to me, as it doesn't take away from the fact that this is an outstanding record with intimate and varied production, recognisable vocals and brilliant writing. Listening to Neil ... read more
May just be the cover talking to me, but this album paints a perfect portrait of someone who roams freely in a physical sense, but is being held down by something on the inside. He's an intriguing, even charming man, one who you know could entertain you with stories of where he's been and what he's seen for hours on end, but there's an underlying melancholy. He wasn't always this carefree: it's both a reaction and a distraction. Your conversation may only last thirty minutes, but you can't get ... read more
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Track List


  1. Tell Me Why
  2. After the Gold Rush
  3. Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  4. Southern Man
  5. Till the Morning Comes
  6. Oh Lonesome Me
  7. Don't Let It Bring You Down
  8. Birds
  9. When You Dance I Can Really Love
  10. I Believe in You
  11. Cripple Creek Ferry


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Added on: March 16, 2013