But if Neil could ever be accused of having an underrated album, I think this would be it.
Comes a Time was precursed (and pre-cursed) by American Stars 'N Bars, a bizzare record in which Neil's attitude is best illustrated by his pose on the album cover - I rest my case. Needless to say, it was not well received. So when Comes a Time was released in '78, everyone was thrilled that Neil had returned to the tone he nailed with Harvest. Countrified rock with senitmental lyrics, a worldliness with a sense of weariness, vintage Neil Young.
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[ mp3 ]: Neil Young - Look Out For My Love
It's not romantic, more haunting. The love Neil is singing about is a burden, an unknown quantity. I'd say that's what I love most about this album. The songs are not sunny blue skies, nor growing storm clouds. They are that calm, humid, overcast sky that could go either way.
Another one of my favorite tracks is the only cover on the record. Neil was a huge fan of Ian Tyson, and his cover of Four String Winds is up there with Bobby Bare's as my favorite version. If you love this song, don't miss Neil playing with The Band on The Last Waltz.
[ mp3 ]: Neil Young - Four Strong Winds
Enjoy! May your Neil-mas continue!