Bridge: A Tribute to Neil Young
is one of the only tribute albums worth its weight in petroleum
bi-product. Caroline basically got a bunch of the best bands of
the time to do a bunch of Neil
Young covers and wound up with The Bridge. While
there are a couple of questionable spots, overall it’s a solid
affair with a variation of approaches to the material. Sonic
Age” may be the winner but Nick
Cave and the Bad Seeds' “Helpless”
is really beautiful and distinctive - not only in terms of this
compilation, but also in the Bad Seeds catalogue up to this point.
Here you’ll find an acoustic guitar-driven sparse approach.
Cave is coming into his own as a different kind of singer (don't
get me wrong - I loved him as that Birthday
Party kind of singer as well) as he slowly unfurls
the melody in one of his most subtle and soulful performances up
to this point. The sparse instrumentation is colored by a male backing
choir (cowboys around the fire? Blazing Saddles kicks CSNY's
ass any day!) and the vast expanse of Kid’s mournful slide
guitar. Definitely worth a few spins.
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