Neil Young

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere ©1969 Reprise
1. Cinnamon Girl
2. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
3. Round And Round (It Won't Be Long)
4. Down By The River
5. The Losing End (When You're On)
6. Running Dry (Requiem For The Rockets)
7. Cowgirl In The Sand

After a somewhat lackluster debut album, Neil decided to get a new start and recruit a whole new band for his next LP. They were called Crazy Horse, and they would eventually go on to do many, many albums and tours with Neil (well, except for guitarist Danny Whitten, who later died of a heroin overdose, but that's best left for my review of Tonight's the Night, if I ever write it). And well, they rocked. Hard. All you need to do is give one listen to "Cinnamon Girl" to see how much power this band added to some of Young's already extremely well written rock tunes.

At this point, Young seemed to be doing the whole southern rock thing. In fact, unless I'm completely misinterpreting the lyrics, the title track seems to be a song about living in the south, which is awfully interesting considering the man is Canadian. Ah well, it's a fantastic song anyway. And the others on the disc? Well, the aforementioned "Cinnamon Girl" is a great hard-rock song. The title track, "Round & Round", "The Losing End" and "Running Dry" are all beautiful, moving, and extremely catchy southern rock songs. "Down by the River" and "Cowgirl In the Sand" are also catchy southern rock songs at heart, but they have really long improvised jam sections between the chorus and the next verse coming up that some people seem to find boring but I really love.

Even at this early stage in his career, Young was writing some of the most phenomenally powerful and moving songs you'll ever hear. This is definitely one of the absolute highlights of his early years, and one of the best places to start your Neil Young collection.

Review by Mark Pennington

Review date: 08/2001

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