Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere


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Review

by Mike Allen USER (107 Reviews)
June 13th, 2010 | 65 replies | 16,563 views


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist


As strange as it may sound, I’ve always been curious as to how our generation will look back on the music of our time. I’d imagine this was a much more austere question for the previous generation; a simpler time when bands didn’t take three years to record new material and a period in which FM radio spun full-length LP’s. The 1960’s and 1970’s were obvious breakthrough epochs in music history, deeming the influx of influential artists such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and hordes of others. Our parents’ generation has always made a big deal about the music they grew up with, describing how The Beatles changed their life, how Dark Side of the Moon was the most incredible thing they had ever heard, or how Led Zeppelin was an astonishing transition into hard rock. With much of that conceptualized among the general public, artists such as Neil Young were also thrown into the mix, developing a legacy that so adamantly defined the time.

Sparingly in the past have we come across a musician with such raw talent and innovation as Neil Young, which we saw him prove time and time again with both his guitar work and songwriting. Young has been so successful during his career because of his ability to channel the talent, and craft something completely unconventional. It would be hard to argue against the inference that in 1969, Neil Young was well ahead of his time. The year marks Young’s debut with Crazy Horse, a band which consisted of guitarist Danny Whitten, drummer Ralph Molina, and bassist Billy Talbot. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere is the second record of Young’s illustrious career, and a colossal improvement on his self-titled debut. Neil Young was a commercial disaster; failing to reach the charts, and faulted by terrible production. Everybody Know This is Nowhere offers a stark comparison to its predecessor, and is a testament to what Young is all about as a musician. This seven-track, forty-minute record is unlike anything that the music world had seen; country-tinged rock melding so intricately with Young’s falsetto vocals and eccentric guitar leads.

With the exception of misleading opener “Cinnamon Girl,” Everybody Knows This is Nowhere offers a disparate outlook to the rock and roll of the day; a mellow affair, drawing influences from folk and country music. The record’s chilled ambience is orchestrated by Young’s delicate tenor vocals, which is especially prevalent in the tranquil “Round and Round.” The album’s most notable characteristic however, is that of Young’s guitar playing, which is featured extensively on tracks such as “Down By the River” and “Cowgirl in the Sand.” The soloing is almost as if Young had scrapped the written music and opted for improvisation, but still having the audacity to gradually increase the tension. This is overly apparent on gem “Cowgirl in the Sand;” a ten-minute masterpiece that is glorified by Young’s mind-blowing guitar work. The verses are virtually replaced by extensive soloing in between the choruses, with the apprehension dramatically heightening. “Cowgirl in the Sand” is constantly evolving in such as way that the track’s long length appears irrelevant, ultimately developing into a spastic fireball of guitar mastery. The record’s final track is the perfect closer, and a definitive Neil Young song.

Everybody Knows This is Nowhere is the first notable release from a man that has become a rock and roll legend throughout the past forty-plus years. Ever since Young’s music has failed to be confined to conventional and standard rock restrictions, both verifying his status as an original artist, and proving his timeless work. Most importantly, Everybody Knows This is Nowhere is an indication that Young is going to do things his own way, regardless of how others feel about him.



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EVedder27
June 13th 2010


6088 Comments


Should be under Neil Young & Crazy Horse, but that might create a mess in the database. Might look into changing it though.

Blindsided
June 13th 2010


1871 Comments


To be honest that would create a mess for a good number of his albums. Since that is just his backing band it would probably be good just to leave it under him.

AggravatedYeti
June 13th 2010


7685 Comments


not a big fan of Neil Young but this review is very good.

Nagrarok
June 13th 2010


8239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As strange as it may sound, I’ve always been curious as to how our generation will look back on the music of our time.


It doesn't sound strange because I think that all the time. I listened to this recently, and although it's good, it's not really my cup o' tea.

To be honest that would create a mess for a good number of his albums. Since that is just his backing band it would probably be good just to leave it under him.


Agree, it's just his backing band, not an entirely different artist altogether. It would only be confusing.

And pooos'd.

TheBoss88
June 13th 2010


208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think it'd be a mess too, no offense. The Tom Petty pages are kind of annoying to be split up. When you go to a record store they're not split up so I don't feel like they should be here.

Had the honor of seeing Neil live on his current tour a few weeks ago AND met him after the show! Signed my ticket and I was like a schoolgirl. Rock God. Superb album. Will read the review later!

DeleriumTrigger
June 13th 2010


416 Comments


Not my thing but great review havez a poz

EVedder27
June 13th 2010


6088 Comments


Thanks all, I'll probably avoid changing this to Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Jethro42
June 13th 2010


12438 Comments


''...when so many love you, is it the saaaame?
it's the woman in you that makes you wanna play this gaaaaame''

I love me some Neil Young. Out of these songs, I only know and enjoy 'Cinnamon Girl',
'Cowgirl in the Sand' and epic 'Down by the River' wich is easily one of his best song ever.
Excellent job Ved buddy. pos'd

Jim
June 14th 2010


5110 Comments


i've only got harvest but i really like that shit

EVedder27
November 19th 2010


6088 Comments


Cowgirl in the Sand blows me away every time

Langstrompe
December 18th 2010


7 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I adore this record! My dad used to play it when I was a kid and Cinnamon Girl has been our song ever since!

DeafMetal
January 8th 2011


8588 Comments


love this album

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aguzman
May 2nd 2011


62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It is a great album, the song Cowgirl in the Sand is just great with perfect guitars and vocals.

scissorlocked
November 19th 2011


3509 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what a brilliant album


Activista anti-MTV
December 1st 2011


3140 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

one of my all-time favs

tommygun
October 15th 2012


24923 Comments


This rules so much can't stop listening to it lately. I love Neil's guitar playing on 'Cowgirl in the Sand' it's sort of clumsy or something but so so good

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2012


15997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great stuff

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Ire
October 15th 2012


41763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

haven't jammed this one yet

on the beach omfg

wacknizzle
October 15th 2012


13191 Comments


Been getting real into Neil Young, still need to hear this. Good review as well.

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 15th 2012


15997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cowgirl so damn good



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