NOW PLAYING: Neil Young – ‘On The Beach’
Picking an objectively “best” Neil Young album is impossible, since a lot of his albums are great in their own ways. However, ‘On The Beach’ (1974) might be his most essential album. It’s the perfect blend of the electric rock (“Walk On”) and Americana singer-songwriter (“See The Sky About To Rain”) that only Young could pull off. The real highlight, however, is album closer “Ambulance Blues”, possibly my favorite NY song. At nearly 9 minutes, it’s impossibly cryptic, and it’s so soft and sweet sounding that it’s heartbreaking when you look at the lyrics and realize what he’s singing about. Young is a weird artist, and this album is the right amount of weird to make it, in my opinion, his best album.
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