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Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Re-Ac-Tor (Reprise HS 2304)

Steven X Rea, High Fidelity, January 1982

THERE ARE two Neil Youngs: the wacked out rocker with the reckless, turbulent guitar that cuts to the bone with the steely force of a butcher's knife: and the loopy folksinger with the plaintive Mickey Mouse voice, the keen knack for twisted metaphor, and the ability to craft some of the purest most memorable melodies in modern popular music. Re-Ac-Tor, his sixteenth solo album, easily falls into the former category. This is Neil Young and Crazy Horse at their most exuberant and sloppiest, putting forth manic, all out gritty garage rock.

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