Are You Passionate?

Are You Passionate?

by Neil Young


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Offered by this consistently unpredictable rock icon, the title Are You Passionate? could be anything from a rhetorical question to fightin' words -- and over the course of this well-measured soul-rock collection, Young gives both options a whirl. Backed, by and large, by the legendary Memphis team of Booker T. and Duck Dunn, Young uses his own passion as a balm, an assurance to listeners that everything's gonna be alright. That comes across most acutely in the nostalgic lilt of "Two Old Friends," in which that ragged falsetto wings out higher and higher, and the Latin-tinged "She's a Healer," in which Young sings the praise of his own personal salvation and wishes similar luck on others. Are You Passionate? isn't all sweetness and light, however: The members of Crazy Horse do drop in for one of their trademark primordial stomps, "Goin' Home," which rails along well past the nine-minute mark. Likewise, the fires are fully stoked for "Let's Roll," a statement of purpose echoing the resolve of a post-9/11 America -- it's a controversial one coming from the longtime dove who wrote "Ohio." But while there's an unmistakable whiff of anger here and there, the air is charged more with the energy of a man who's still -- decades on -- searching for that heart of gold. And gray hairs aside, there's still no sign of growing old.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/09/2002
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624811121
catalogNumber: 48111
Rank: 171014

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Young   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Tom Brey   Trumpet
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass,Vocals
Booker T. Jones   Organ,Vocals,Vibes
Ralph Molina   Drums,Vocals
Frank "Poncho" Sampedro   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Talbot   Bass
Astrid Young   Vocals
Pegi Young   Vocals
Steve Potts   Bongos,Drums,Tambourine

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Producer
Gary Burden   Art Direction
Larry Cragg   Guitar Techician
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Producer
John Hanlon   Engineer
Booker T. Jones   Producer
Tim Mulligan   Engineer
Elliot Roberts   Direction
Frank "Poncho" Sampedro   Producer
Jenice Heo   Art Direction
Mark Humphreys   Sound Effects
Aaron Prellwitz   Engineer

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Are You Passionate? 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
After listening to this CD several times since I bought it 6 or so years back, I enjoy the NY goes Stax vibe. I think that it probably will end up rated as one of Young's quirky efforts rather than a classic. After a decade, Let's Roll and Going Home seem more like period pieces than classics. However, it is more successful than many of those experimental efforts. Neil interacts well with Booker T's organ and reins his guitar in, allowing himself to just groove along with the band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
excellent. if you're a neil young fan you'll love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album presents the dilemma of instrumentation (which is a 10 on any scale of 5) versus vocals (which is a 3-3.5/5), therefore the 4 rating. And I have had no input from the French-Canadian judge, yet... Seriously Mr. Young and Mr (Booker) T and group really play with their souls on fire. Mean guitars, pounding percussion, deep well-punctuated bass lines. The vocals often do NOT sing however. Neil (and I have loved him for decades) just waltzes through the lead vocals a wee bit much, and even practically raps (yuk!) a few too many notes. This of course IS the current CSNY band, minus CSN, and therein lies the irony. This WOULD have been a classic if only we had the CSN harmonies and the Crosby lead vocals here and I hear they are still warm to hot on any given night. I guess to blow the roof off the dump, we will have to wait for the CSNY Live 2002 DVD or CD or (I hope) both! Until then, well worth a listen by any fan of the family represented here. Standouts are the captivatingly morbid and bravely done ''Let's Roll'' and ''She's a Healer'' for it's pure blue-eyed soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is the best Neil Young music in years. I have been a long time fan and have been playing this constantly since my purchase. Every song is great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As usual, Neil Young and company have hit it out of the park. One would be hard to find a better musical spokesman for the ''Everyman'' in all of us. Neil's inherent gift is recognizing the heart of an issue and presenting it, sans decoration, to all in an honest, insightful manner. Kudos to Neil, Booker, Duck, and Crazy Horse for reminding us what music is supposed to be - a window to our collective soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesum album I would say. As usual though 4 those who like Neil Young anyways. Similar I might say 2 Cam-Zen's stuff (, a leetle Jimi & Neil's Mirror Ball. Maybe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never a huge Neil Young fan until I went to see CSN&Y. I went for David Crosby but left with Neil Young. I was completely blown away by him. He played some new songs off the ''Are You Passionate?'' c.d. I went out and purchased it the very next day. I can't say which is my favorite since they are all excellent. If I had to chose it would be ''She's a Healer''. Sheryl p.s. I'm his Blue Eyed Woman whose a mystery!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago