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Silver & Gold
     

Silver & Gold

4.8 6
by Neil Young
 

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Although the ever-unpredictable Neil Young spent much of the past decade stomping through shattering song cycles that affirmed his status as "the godfather of grunge," he's not about to start delivering the expected -- as borne out by this gorgeous, largely acoustic collection. Aficionados could consider SILVER AND GOLD a fitting completion to a trilogy begun by

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Although the ever-unpredictable Neil Young spent much of the past decade stomping through shattering song cycles that affirmed his status as "the godfather of grunge," he's not about to start delivering the expected -- as borne out by this gorgeous, largely acoustic collection. Aficionados could consider SILVER AND GOLD a fitting completion to a trilogy begun by 1972's HARVEST and 1992's HARVEST MOON, but one needn't be fluent in Young's past work to appreciate the sincere emotion and breathtaking song craft that flow through its grooves. Young spends a lot of time addressing mortality here, most clearly on "Daddy Went Walkin'" and "Red Sun," both of which pine tellingly for innocence lost. In keeping with his tradition of self-reflection, the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer gives his professional career the once-over on "Buffalo Springfield Again" and ponders his future without donning rose-colored glasses on the closing "Without Wings." It took Young a full three years to burnish SILVER AND GOLD to his liking -- and it shines every bit as brightly as the precious metals evoked in its name.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Silver & Gold went through a number of incarnations before it was finally released in the spring of 2000. The endless delays raised hopes for the album, as did superstition -- dedicated Neil Young fans believed he was creatively reborn at the end of each decade. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Rust Never Sleeps, and Freedom added credence to this theory, but those records were knocked out quickly, appearing a year after their predecessors. In contrast, Silver & Gold appeared four years after Broken Arrow. During those four years, all sorts of projects were in the works for Young, including a 1999 reunion with Crosby, Stills & Nash. His three songs on their comeback Looking Forward were pleasant acoustic numbers that often seemed a little slight. It was easy to assume that Young was saving the real treasures for his solo record, but Silver & Gold doesn't confirm that theory. Instead, it's a continuation of his Looking Forward contributions, performed with the warm, amiable ramble of Harvest Moon. A pleasant sound, to be sure, but not exactly what Young followers were expecting. They also may be a little dismayed to realize that two of its best songs, "Silver & Gold" and "Razor Love," date from 1982 and 1987, respectively, suggesting that Neil may not be at the top of his game. Still, there are no truly bad songs here, although the light-hearted, light-headed reminiscence "Buffalo Springfield Again" treads close to the borderline. It's a low-key, charming, comfortable record, which is hardly a bad thing at all -- it just doesn't quite live up to the abnormally high expectations. Fortunately, those expectations fade upon repeated plays, and Silver & Gold reveals itself as a nice Neil Young record. Nothing particularly special, but nice all the same.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624730521
catalogNumber:
47305
Rank:
39191

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Young   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Harp
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Ben Keith   Steel Guitar,Vocals
Oscar Butterworth   Drums
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Spooner Oldham   Organ,Piano

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Producer
Ben Keith   Producer
Bobby Arnold   Engineer
Gary Burden   Art Direction
Larry Cragg   Guitar Techician
Larry Greenhill   Engineer
John Hausman   Engineer
Tim Mulligan   Engineer
John Nowland   Engineer
Elliot Roberts   Direction
Jenice Heo   Art Direction

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Silver & Gold 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Neil has done it again! Buy it NOW! Get the Limited Edition! A VERY cool poster.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like vintage wine Neil Young just gets better with age. This is a fine collection of songs that blend well together and get better after each listen. With his latest addition to the Harvest collection Young proves he is much more then just a Musician for this is a fine work of art.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing work of art. Every song on this album is breathtaking. I enjoyed this album a lot, and I can listen to it the whole way through. This is the acoustic album I have been waiting for. It tops the icing on the cake as the third acoustic album. It's his best since Harvest Moon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Neil Young has crafted a lovely batch of tunes that are quite addictive. Simple, extremely well-performed and achingly personal, it got the immediate attention of my fourteen year-old son who usually balks at anything I bring home. Musically, this collection brings on smile after smile. Lyrically, there is only one stumble ('my software's not compatible with you') on 'Without Rings', but, ironically, Neil slips in his best turn of phrase on the very next line (you'll have to get the CD)!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Neil does it again with this masterful array of acoustic excellence and beauty. The emotion and openess of this album shows why people of all ages can relate to this Rock King. I recommend it to both the Neil Lovers and those who barely know him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The good old man did it again. My Mom and I bought it the first day it came out, and were still listening to it! We haven't got tired of it yet! And 'Buffalo Springfield Again' is the B-E-S-T BEST song on Silver & Gold ( Wouldn't it be soooo cool if they did get back together?:)