Re·ac·tor

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Re·ac·tor
Neil Young Re-ac-tor.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 2, 1981 (1981-11-02)
RecordedOctober 9, 1980 – July 21, 1981
StudioModern Recorders, Redwood City, California
Genre
Length39:06
LabelReprise
ProducerDavid Briggs, Tim Mulligan & Neil Young with Jerry Napier
Neil Young chronology
Hawks & Doves
(1980)
Re·ac·tor
(1981)
Trans
(1982)

Re·ac·tor is the eleventh studio album by Canadian folk rock musician Neil Young, and his fourth with American rock band Crazy Horse, released in November 2, 1981.

Content[edit]

Musical style[edit]

The album marked Young's first use of the Synclavier, which would be featured heavily on the subsequent albums Trans (1982) and Landing on Water (1986).[citation needed]

The song "Shots" had originally been performed live in 1978 as a ballad.

In 2003, Greg Cot of Chicago Tribune proclaimed that Re·ac·tor "works up a punk-blues racket [...] that sounds as shaggy and disheveled as anything the Replacements recorded".[2] AllMusic opined the album to contain "guitar-drenched hard rock made up of thrown-together material".[1]

Packaging[edit]

The album features the Serenity Prayer on its back cover ("'Deus dona mihi serenitatem accipere res quae non possum mutare fortitudinem mutare res quae possum atque sapientiam differentiam cognoscere'" – "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference").

Release[edit]

It was unavailable on compact disc until it was released as a HDCD-encoded remastered version on August 19, 2003, as part of the Neil Young Archives Digital Masterpiece Series.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork(6.8/10)[3]
The Village VoiceB+[4]

William Ruhlmann of AllMusic was largely dismissive of Re·ac·tor,[1] awarding the record only two-out-of-five stars,[1] although praised "Shots" as " a more substantive and threatening song given a riveting performance".[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Neil Young.

Side one
  1. "Opera Star" – 3:31
  2. "Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze" – 4:15
  3. T-Bone" – 9:10
  4. "Get Back on It" – 2:14
Side two
  1. "Southern Pacific" – 4:07
  2. "Motor City" – 3:11
  3. "Rapid Transit" – 4:35
  4. "Shots" – 7:42

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f William Ruhlmann. "Re-ac-tor - Neil Young,Neil Young & Crazy Horse | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  2. ^ a b Kot, Greg (24 August 2003). "`Greendale' a trip through Neil Young's career". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Neil Young: On the Beach / American Stars 'n' Bars / Hawks & Doves / Re-ac-tor | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2003-09-30. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 9, 1982). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 22, 2016.

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