Neil Young

Released this summer and immediately dismissed by trendspotters everywhere, NEIL YOUNG’s Broken Arrow (Reprise) finds him once more turning the garage rock of Crazy Horse into a Paleolithic scrawl—a sonic cave painting. The album is lo-fi archeology, excavating the past for signs of a world burled alive. “I’m still livin’ the dream we had,” he maintains quixotically, the voice of a man both behind and ahead of his time.

On Broken Arrow, he keeps returning to what he knows best: “Talkin’ ’bout the enemy / Inside of me”—the fatality and doubt that has sustained his music down the scattershot decades. Perhaps we must speak of Broken Arrow in Benjamin’s terms, as an unforgettable album even if everyone has already forgotten it. In “Music Arcade,” It’s just Neil and his acoustic guitar, moving across the face of the present like a comet In the night sky, waiting for this era of dimmed expectations

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