I find myself between a 3.5 and a 4; there are some fantastic tunes on here, but some terrible ones as well. At first, I liked the heavily orchestrated tracks, but then I realized- it just doesn't 'go' with Neil's style. It's also not his best lyrical offering, and is definitely inconsistent at some points, but there are a few PHENOMENAL tracks on here. For now, a solid 3.5, and a very good folk record, but he has many better works than this.
Needle and the Damage Done is sublime and is accompanied by many of Youngs best on this album. One i can listen from start to finish and love. Perfect in its imperfection. Thats Neil Young right there.