Orion’s Music reviews Neil Young | ParkRecord.com

Orion’s Music reviews Neil Young

ALEX HENRY, Contributing Record writer

Neil Young, as always, is an unpredictable guy. His newly-released album, "Chrome Dreams II," is no exception. The album is one of the stranger things he has done in awhile though, since — get ready for this — it is a sequel to an album he never actually released. The original "Chrome Dreams" was recorded in 1977, but was cancelled by Young. He never technically gave a reason for its cancellation either. The irony of the whole situation is that if it was released it quite possibly could have been his best album. It is one of the most bootlegged of all his work. Some of the tracks off of it are some of his most loved too, songs like "Pocahontas" and "Like A Hurricane." "Chrome Dreams II" is also made up of several never released tracks and new material. They blend together seamlessly. You would never know that the song, "Ordinary People" was recorded in 1988. This whole album is very much like his older material, even more so than his recent concept-album-type work. "Chrome Dreams II" has that raggedness he displayed on his work with Crazy Horse and the Bluenotes. The song ‘Ordinary People’ was actually recorded with the Bluenotes and it is by far the most interesting song here, and at 18 minutes it is for sure an epic tune. The rest of the album is quite good too and worth checking out. "Chrome Dreams II" is probably Young’s most consistently good album in quite awhile.

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