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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.
|Label:||Reprise / Wea|
Performance CreditsNeil 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 CreditsNeil 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
excellent. if you're a neil young fan you'll love it.
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.
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!!!!!!
Awesum album I would say. As usual though 4 those who like Neil Young anyways. Similar I might say 2 Cam-Zen's stuff (undifinablerekerds.net), a leetle Jimi & Neil's Mirror Ball. Maybe.
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.