Psychedelic Pill

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Psychedelic Pill
Studio album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Released October 30, 2012
November 19, 2012 (Blu-ray Audio)
Recorded 2012 at Audio Casa Blanca, Broken Arrow Ranch, Redwood City, California.
Genre Rock, hard rock, folk rock, Psychedelic Rock
Length 87:41
Label Reprise
Producer Neil Young , John Hanlon and Mark Humphreys.
Neil Young chronology
Americana
(2012)
Psychedelic Pill
(2012)
Live at the Cellar Door
(2013)
Crazy Horse chronology
Americana
(2012)
Psychedelic Pill
(2012)

Psychedelic Pill is the thirty-fourth studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young. It was released on October 30, 2012.[1] This is the second release of a Neil Young collaboration with Crazy Horse in 2012, and their first original work together since the Greendale album and tour in 2003 and 2004.[2] The album was streamed on Young's website on October 24, 2012,[3] and leaked onto the Internet the same day.[4]

A Blu-ray Audio version of the album, with 24-bit/192kHz resolution and two bonus tracks, was released November 19, 2012.[5][6] A vinyl version is also available.

Recording[edit]

At 87 minutes, Psychedelic Pill is Neil Young's longest album and only studio album to span two discs.[7] Many of the songs on the album came out of extended jam sessions with Crazy Horse after Americana was recorded. The opening track "Driftin' Back" makes references to Young's new memoir Waging Heavy Peace and his disdain for MP3s in between extended jamming. Another of the album's epic tracks, "Walk Like a Giant" laments how his generation was unable to change the world ("We were ready to save the world / But then the weather changed.") Elsewhere on the album he recalls listening to Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" and The Grateful Dead on the radio ("Twisted Road"), and his Canadian roots ("Born in Ontario").[8] The Rolling Stone review noted that the riff and lyrics of the album's title track share similarities with Young's previous work such as "Cinnamon Girl". The main riff is borrowed from Young's "Sign of Love". That track also features the recording being filtered with a "phaser" effect, giving it a "psychedelic" feel (although the alternate mix removes the effect).

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[9]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [10]
A.V. Club A-[11]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[12]
Chicago Sun Times 2/4 stars [13]
NME (8/10)[14]
Paste Magazine (9.0/10) [15]
Pitchfork Media (7.0/10)[16]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[17]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [18]
Spin (7/10)[19]
Sputnikmusic (4.5/5)[20]
Uncut (favorable)[21]

Overall, Psychedelic Pill has received positive reviews. Rolling Stone gave the album four stars and said "it has the roiling honesty and brutal exuberance of their best records." Douglas Heselgrave, writing for Paste Magazine, said: "Psychedelic Pill may be the best album Neil Young has ever done with Crazy Horse. It'll take years to figure out." Dan Stubbs, giving the album 8 out of 10 stars for NME, writes: "two tracks here – 'Ramada Inn' and 'Walk Like A Giant' – could sit among Young's best." Other reviewers were less generous, such as the Chicago Sun-Times who stated that the album "boasts a few brilliant moments amid numerous typically thundering and meandering dull diversions."

The album was listed at #10 on Rolling Stone's list of the top 50 albums of 2012, saying "This is as inspiringly strange as anything he's done." [22] They also named the song "Ramada Inn" the fifth best song of 2012.[23]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Driftin' Back"   27:36
2. "Psychedelic Pill"   3:26
3. "Ramada Inn"   16:49
4. "Born in Ontario"   3:49

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Twisted Road"   3:28
2. "She's Always Dancing"   8:33
3. "For the Love of Man"   4:13
4. "Walk Like a Giant"   16:27
5. "Psychedelic Pill" (Alternate Mix) 3:12
Total length:
1:27:41

Vinyl[edit]

  • A1 - Driftin' Back (Part 1) - 18:14
  • B1 - Driftin' Back (Part 2) - 9:56
  • B2 - Psychedelic Pill (Alternate Mix) - 3:11
  • C1 - Psychedelic Pill - 3:26 (mislabelled "alternate mix")
  • C2 - Ramada Inn - 16:52
  • D1 - Born in Ontario - 3:49
  • D2 - Twisted Road - 3:28
  • D3 - She's Always Dancing - 8:34
  • D4 - For the Love of Man - 4:13
  • E1 - Walk Like a Giant - 16:31
  • F - etched art

Blu-ray[edit]

  1. Driftin' Back - 27:42
  2. Psychedelic Pill - 3:28
  3. Ramada Inn - 16:50
  4. Born in Ontario - 3:50
  5. Twisted Road - 3:28
  6. She's Always Dancing - 8:33
  7. For the Love of Man - 4:13
  8. Walk Like a Giant - 16:28
  9. Horse Back - 37:05
  10. Psychedelic Pill (Alternate Mix 1) - 3:12
  11. Psychedelic Pill (Alternate Mix 2) - 3:11

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart 7
Finnish Albums Chart 18
German Albums Chart 4
Scottish Albums Chart [24] 10
UK Albums Chart [25] 14
U.S. Billboard 200 8
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 2

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Tomas Franta (23 January 2012). "Neil Young se na novém albu znovu spojí s Crazy Horse". Rockandpop.cz. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Alex Young (24 October 2012). "Stream: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Neil Young & Crazy Horse : Psychedelic Pill". hasitleaked.com. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Psychedelic Pill [Blu-Ray Audio]: Neil Young & Crazy Horse". Amazon.com. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill Blu-ray". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Neil Young Discography". Neilyoung.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  8. ^ "Looking at Neil Young's new album, 'Psychedelic Pill,' his memoir, 'Waging Heavy Peace,' and his late career". Grantland. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  9. ^ "Psychedelic Pill Review". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  10. ^ "Neil and Crazy Horse: Review". Allmusic. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  11. ^ Helier, Jason (2012-10-30). "Neil and Crazy Horse: Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  12. ^ Reed, James. "Neil Young’s new journey through the past". The Boston Globe. Christopher M. Mayer. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  13. ^ "Neil Young’s ‘Psychedelic Pill’ tough to swallow - Chicago Sun-Times". Suntimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  14. ^ "Neil Young - 'Psychedelic Pill' A gnarly whopper of a treat". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  15. ^ Heselgrave, Douglas (2012-10-30). "Neil Young and Crazy Horse". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  16. ^ . October 30, 2012 http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/17213-psychedelic-pill/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Mistich, Dan. "Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Psychedelic Pill | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  18. ^ Fricke, David (2012-10-30). Rolling Stone http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/psychedelic-pill-20121030. Retrieved 2012-10-30.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ Jarnow, Jesse. "Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 'Psychedelic Pill' (Reprise)". SPIN. Buzzmedia. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  20. ^ Viney, Joseph (Nov 4, 2012). "Album Review - Neil Young: Psychedelic Pill". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  21. ^ Mulvey, John. "Neil Young & Crazy Horse: "Psychedelic Pill" - Full review - Uncut.co.uk". Uncut Magazine. IPC Media. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  22. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2012: Neil Young and Crazy Horse, 'Psychedelic Pill'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  23. ^ "50 Best Songs of 2012: Neil Young and Crazy Horse, 'Ramada Inn'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  24. ^ "2012-11-10 Top 40 Scottish Albums Archive". Official Charts. 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  25. ^ "2012-11-10 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive". Official Charts. 2012-11-10. Retrieved 2013-05-27.