There's also some pointed songs reflecting the current political climate. It all unfolds in a flurry of electric guitars and distortion, with a few scaled-back detours along the way. Nils Lofgren returns to a Young studio record for the first time since 's Trans , filling in for longtime guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro, and adding the appropriate musical lift and heft that often distinguishes Young's Crazy Horse albums from his other works.
Still, the leader is front and center here, once again calling the shots as he's done for more than five decades. So, when Colorado strays -- like on the meandering and-a-half-minute "She Showed Me Love" or the piano ballad "Eternity" -- it's Young who takes the hits.
Not so coincidentally, these are two of the album's love songs, which try to bring a balance to the political and environmental leanings but end up shifting the overall focus to another, less-interesting place instead. Young and Crazy Horse are at their best when they become unhinged. Or at least stick to expectations, like they do on "Think of Me," "Milky Way" and "Rainbow of Colors," all of which are pulled from the tattered playbook they've been using for years.
And that's the thing with Crazy Horse: Young returns to them periodically because they send him back into his guitar-padded comfort zone whenever he begins to stray a little too far from his center and strengths.
By no means do their records together play it safe or easy; some of Young's most risk-taking, without-a-net works are his Crazy Horse collaborations. It offers a reminder of his passion, how the studio remains a source of excitement and joy after all these years. And yet, if it were up to him, none of us would be listening to this album in its final form.
Whether food justice or the destruction of the planet, his muses have often seemed muffled or misconstrued when they finally reach the market. Colorado surpasses those recent works by speaking directly to that ephemeral nature of life, our tragedies and joys and disappointments.
Buy: Rough Trade. Pitchfork may earn a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site. Skip to content Search query All Results. Pitchfork is the most trusted voice in music. Colorado received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic , which assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 79, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 19 reviews.
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