33 1/3 reviews.

Stylus is going to break it down

Continuum’s 33 1/3 series began publication in 2004 with the intention of analyzing specific albums in a small book format. A unique array of authors have contributed to the growing number of releases with varying levels of success. Over the course of the next few months Stylus writer Matt Kivel will break down the entire series, book-by-book, in order to inform our readers of the virtues and pitfalls of each 33 1/3 entry.

Here’s a bit from the review of Harvest:

The search for a definitive Neil Young album is a perilous quest—no single record can accurately sum up his many personas and songwriting styles. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Tonight’s the Night, On the Beach, and After the Goldrush are the oft-cited critical darlings, but Harvest remains his best-known LP due to its overwhelming commercial success.

In Sam Inglis’ Harvest, the author approaches the album with honesty—shrewdly deconstructing its flaws and virtues without indulging in masturbatory analysis. He has written a simple book conceived in two parts: the first tells Harvest’s history and the events surrounding its production, while the second part breaks down the album in a song-by-song fashion. Inglis is intimately familiar with the music and he points out what makes it simultaneously great (Nashville production; excellent session musicians; songs 1, 2, 4, and 6) and detestable (absurd orchestrations; inconsistent track selection; songs 3, 5, and 7).



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