Like clockwork, about 18 months after the last Neil Young album arrives the new one, A Letter Home. Early rumors had pegged this one as a duets record with Jack White, but those proved to be unfounded. Jack White IS involved – he duets with Neil Young on two tracks and the record is out on White’s Third Man Records. Recalling Young’s experimental 80’s phase, this record comes with its own idiosyncracies – an album recorded entirely in a refurbished Voice-O-Graph box dating from 1947. The Voice-O-Graph (as shown on the album cover) is reminiscent of a telephone booth with barely enough room to accommodate Neil Young and his guitar. The standard edition is a direct to vinyl recording, warm crackles & pops present on the vinyl, CD, and download versions. The deluxe box set features an audiophile edition – just Neil and his guitar in glorious mono. You’d think this might come off as gimmicky – but it doesn’t. In fact, it is the 4th Neil Young record in a row that is an above average effort.
Verdict: 21st Century Broken Hearts
For Fans of: The Everly Brothers, Gram Parsons, Ryan Adams, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Jewel, Michael Nesmith, Sun Records
- Roving Gambler
- Long Time Gone
- Lightning Express
- Silver Haired Daddy of Mine
- Down in the Willow Garden
- Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet?
- Oh So Many Years
- Barbara Allen
- Rockin’ Alone (In an Old Rockin’ Chair)
- I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail
- Put My Little Shoes Away