Neil Young & Promise of the Real - The Visitor
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2017 Ratings: #575 / 669
User Score
Based on 4 ratings
December 1, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Reprise / Label
Your Review


Where does “The Visitor” rank in his seemingly endless back catalogue? It’s a bit too early to say, but 2017 Neil Young can hold his head high.
American Songwriter
Don’t call it a comeback, but damn if it doesn’t feel like one.
Drowned in Sound

One of his many strengths is the continued ability to ruffle a few feathers whether it be through the aforementioned concept experiment or the raw, noisy dalliances of, er, Le Noise. The Visitor is unlikely to elicit such extreme reactions, but it is curiously and enjoyably irregular.

The Line of Best Fit
When the songs are firing on all cylinders, the results can be extraordinary and quite unlike anything Young’s done before: quite an achievement from a 72-year old who has maintained an exhausting release schedule for 50-odd years.
Slant Magazine
Listeners who've already given up on Young's current output are unlikely to be lured back by anything here, but for those of us still following his uniquely meandering path—in and out of the proverbial ditch—it's a ride well worth taking.
Rolling Stone

That sense of cranky rage and ageless idealism are all over The Visitor.

Consequence of Sound

The Visitor is a huge step up from the endearing but misguided The Monsanto Years.


If Young’s recent work has felt like a series of hard-headed dives into his pet obsessions—more interesting for simply existing than for actually listening to—then The Visitor is more all-encompassing, and as a result, more centered.

Northern Transmissions
Notably late on the anti-Trump music bandwagon, this latest record for Neil Young + Promise of the Real, and Young’s second album this year, does feel a little dry.
The Guardian
The scattergun approach can lack focus, but Young sounds energised by the need to confront hatred and division with humanity and hope.
Young tries a little bit of everything here, murmuring along with a strummed acoustic, stumbling through a blues shuffle, hiring a choir and orchestra to weigh down "Children of Destiny," hamming it up with his band for an eight-minute dustbowl epic called "Carnival."
A.V. Club
Young and the youngsters he’s playing with here sound like they wrote and jammed these songs out in a few days, relying on the strength of his sentiment to carry them through. But a jam session with some cranky speak-singing on it doesn’t make for a great album, and it’s not going to make any new converts, unfortunately—either to Neil Young’s politics or his music.
The Independent

Despite similarly sluggish, slouchy manner, young backing band Promise Of The Real fall some way short of the full Crazy Horse, trudging rather than imposing a sense of implacable destiny.

Dec 21, 2017
These musical foundations, techniques, and deliveries here have been engrained in the ears of rock music listeners for at least 40 years, and Neil Young does nothing to change that which bodes well for those who just want sincerity and nothing to sound odd, but leaves lots of potential emotional attachment and bravery on the table. My Score: 113/180 (Okay) = 63/100
Dec 4, 2017
Neil may be a visitor to American social / political issues, being Canadian, however his music is as American as any; he even tackles political commentary better than any American artist & more subtly. He says a lot on this record without saying too much, and does so with much better songwriting than the last Promise of Real LP.
Purchasing The Visitor from Amazon helps support Album of the Year.
Track List
  1. Already Great
  2. Fly By Night Deal
  3. Almost Always
  4. Stand Tall
  5. Change of Heart
  6. Carnival
  7. Diggin' a Hole
  8. Children of Destiny
  9. When Bad Got Good
  10. Forever
Contributions By
thisisabtlgrnd, patton

Added on: November 2, 2017