Neil Young – A Letter Home

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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.

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Billie Joe + Norah / foreverly

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Verdict: 21st Century Broken Hearts

For Fans of: The Everly Brothers, Gram Parsons, Ryan Adams, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Jewel, Michael Nesmith, Sun Records

Tracklisting:

  1. Roving Gambler
  2. Long Time Gone
  3. Lightning Express
  4. Silver Haired Daddy of Mine
  5. Down in the Willow Garden
  6. Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet?
  7. Oh So Many Years
  8. Barbara Allen
  9. Rockin’ Alone (In an Old Rockin’ Chair)
  10. I’m Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail
  11. Kentucky
  12. Put My Little Shoes Away

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