Neil Young
Rust Never Sleeps


4.5
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Review

by Broken Arrow USER (10 Reviews)
October 6th, 2005 | 44 replies


Release Date: 1979 | Tracklist


1978, the punk scene had practically taken over and forced most of the old guys out of the way. Neil was very fascinated with the punk scene and he even played with Post Punk(?) band Devo in the late 70's. Neil, was writing some of his most experiental and meaningful songs of his career.

He had an idea to tour using one of the most creative stage shows of his time. The tour would use a fake giant microphone on the stage as well as giant amps. His stage crew would wear hooded cloaks with lights on there eyes to make them look kind of like those guys from Star Wars. Anyways Neil also had a slew of new material and Reprise was calling for a new album. He would record songs live on the tour and make overdubs in the studio afterwards. The end result was an album seperated in two. The opening half would be acoustic and the second half electric. Some of the acoustic songs where done in the studio because they were cuts of his latest folk/country album "Comes a Time".

The first side, the acoustic side, is opened with one of Neil's greatest tracks of all time My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue). It features Neil, his acoustic, his harmonica and some of the best lyrics written by Neil. You can tell by that the lyrics are influenced by the punk scene when Neil sing's "My my hey hey, rock and roll is here to stay". Asides talking about the punk scene taking rock and roll to different places he also sings "the king[Elvis] is gone but he not forgotten, this is the story of Johnny Rotten" whick explains itself. My My Hey Hey is also contains one of his most famous quotes, the one that Kurt Cobain put in his suicide note and the one whom many dislike including John Lennon. You've probably heard them before but the lines "Its better to burn out than to fade away" remain some of the best lyrics in Neil work. The other songs on the acoustic side tell stories full of imagery and imagination. Trasher tells about his experiences with CSN but also mentions 50's western movies, farming and landscapes. It practically paints a picture in your head with the lyrics that can only be matched by Dylan. The next to songs Ride My Llama and Pocahontas are basically Neil usingnthe creative limits of his brain. "Ride My Llama" about meeting a man from mars and letting him play travelling songs on his guitar. This song also hints at drug use with the alien but no one can tell for sure. "Pocahontas" starts off with the europeans invading North American and killing the Natives. Neil sings the song from the point of an Indian and again paints a lyrical painting. Half way through Neil changes the point of view to a trapper and wonders what it would be like to "get with" Pocahontas. To make things even weirder he brings in acter Marlon Brando into the song and sings "Pocahontas, Marlon Brando and Me". The last of the acoutic side is Sail Away. It was originally for the album "Comes a Time" but was cut. This track doesnt really fit in with the rest of the songs, featuring a harmony with singer Nicolette Larson.

The electric side of the album starts with Powerderfinger another one of Neil's most recognized lyric efforts tells a story that takes place during the civl war and a young man is shot be union soldiers that come up the river on a boat. Others think that the boat is a coastguard boat and the family of the man who is shot are running a giant drug opperation. Regardless the hypnotic guitar solos and the steady rythym make it a favourite of Neil Young fans all over. The next two songs Welfare Mothers and Sedan Delivery are just two songs that let Neil have fun with Crazyhorse. Both songs have rather meaningless lyrics but have a huge amount of distortion for the late 70's. They both have driving gutiar riffs, Neil's wanking soloes and "fun" background vocals. To finish of the album Neil takes the opening song "My My Hey Hey(Out of the Blue) and turns it around into the electrified, distorted song Hey Hey My My(Into the Black). The lyrics are basically the same as the opening track, but he does change a few lyrics around accordingly. Neil also substitutes the harmonica soloes for guitar soloes full of gain. Neil picked the perfect closer for this wonderful album, it ends and your still thinking about what you just heard.

This album contains everything you would want to hear from Neil Young, it has the acoustic, it has the electric, it has the harmonica and most of all it has some of the best lyrics ever written. Overall I would give it a 4.5/5 seeing that I love all the songs except for one.

Sorry if this review isnt good, if havent reviewed for more than half a year. :(



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Broken Arrow
October 6th 2005


220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How do I add the album cover?

robo2448
October 6th 2005


132 Comments


Good review and album. I like Live Rust better but this is still great. The electric version of Hey, Hey, My, My (Out of the Blue) is really cool.

NEDM
October 7th 2005


1113 Comments


great review man! Keep up the good work.

MBS
October 7th 2005


83 Comments


"kind of like those guys from Star Wars." Jawas.

Great review, Livewired, this is one of my favorite Neil albums. The movie's pretty good, too.

Broken Arrow
October 8th 2005


220 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yep they did.

I was just wondering is Devo post punk>?

littleswimmerdude36
October 9th 2006


5 Comments


This is one of my favorite albums of all time, my favorite song is definitely like a hurricane, Weld is also a good album.


donjunio
November 2nd 2006


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is a classic, the last neil's record to be given a 5/5 rating

MrKite
March 17th 2007


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd say it'll take a few more listens before the album really hits me as that's basically the story with my other Neil Young cds.This Message Edited On 03.19.07This Message Edited On 04.06.07

tom79
March 17th 2007


3380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, this album is so good. First and last tracks especially.

Digging: Nai Harvest - Whatever

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
March 17th 2007


17944 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah great album.

MrKite
March 19th 2007


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If it wasn't for my huge dislike of Welfare Mothers this would probably be a 5.

shindip
April 24th 2009


3536 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this album. every woman in neil youngs lyric universe seems to have a name ending in 'lou'

Jarvig
January 3rd 2011


168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very, very strong album. An acoustic a-side and an electric b-side. That works.

Outstanding songs are: My My Hey Hey and Powderfinger.

Songs that musical/guitar wise are super but where the lyrics is not that strong/important: Welfare Mothers and Sedan Delivery.

TheBoss88
September 4th 2011


208 Comments


Sonic I'm admiring all of your Neil Young rep'ing. Nicely done.

Spec
December 19th 2011


27271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I come in here. And look who the last commenter was. Wouldn't expect anything else.

Digging: Midnight - No Mercy for Mayhem

Spec
December 20th 2011


27271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hmm. May be five worthy.

Spec
April 20th 2012


27271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Where are the Neil Young comments!?

Spec
June 6th 2012


27271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

John Lennon said the line "it's better to burn out than to fade away" was stupid.

youngneil420
September 23rd 2012


63 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The best album ever?

Spec
September 23rd 2012


27271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's really fucking good yeah.



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