It puts many modern arrangements to shame. At its best, his voice smoothly sails through the mix like a delightful breeze, meaning that the music is not just magnificent, but accessible too. Reviewing albums of this calibre is a bit of a double-edged sword. Beautifully produced too, which always helps. On the Beach is my favourite Neil Young record, and one of my favourite records ever. After the Gold Rush is not On the Beach. This is a more jumbled, less miserable affair. The songs have a spring in their step, the zest of a born traveller going it alone.
There are a good few classic tunes crammed into the minute runtime. Few — if any — albums showcase that wamth better than After the Gold Rush. Half a century on, it remains a joy. After the Gold Rush , released 50 years ago when Neil Young was a little younger than I am now, has that indefinable timelessness of a real classic. The humanistic, emotionally available, and touchingly straightforward composition anchors it to another time in many ways, and yet its clear focus on fundamentals at both an instrumental and narrative level mean it could have been released only recently.
Thematically, this forward-facing nature holds true in the lyricism. Across the album, Young sings about love, its absence, and the coalescence of spirit that enables us to move on from past pains and to be optimistic for the unknowable.
Along with a supremely confident and symbiotic backing band, Young imbues each track with this warmth and easygoing courageousness. He nods at every step towards emotional responses and their propensity to linger unhelpfully; acknowledging but never surrendering to them. What strikes me most is how much space is left between the lines for the listener to transplant themselves into the experience.
After the Gold Rush was originally released on vinyl by Reprise on September 19, To mark its 50th anniversary, a CD version of the album was re-released by Reprise on December 11, as After The Gold Rush 50th Anniversary Edition , the original cover having been enhanced with a 50 below its title. A vinyl box set is scheduled to become available on March 19, All tracks are written by Neil Young, except where noted.
Track timings are from the original vinyl release, catalogue number RS From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the album. For the song, see After the Gold Rush song. Neil Young. Folk rock  country rock .
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