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Year of the Horse: Neil Young and Crazy Horse Live back to product details

Rock's Gustav Mahler?
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written by JPielaszczyk February 19, 2004 - 9:33 AM PST
2 out of 5 members found this review helpful
"Cowgirl in the Sand" synapse activated by Young's name, I took a chance. Though that song wasn't included, I enjoyed the music a bunch. Director Jarmusch put together a strong package.

Mahler (1860-1911) was the climax to the tonal edifice of five centuries of "classical" music. Like Neil/Crazy Horse, Gustav liked sprawling cosmologies, raga-like and well-developed complex harmonies, and long, carefully built crescendos. It's said that the most important elements in a musical performance are an awareness of and an impulse toward the overall arc of the piece's structure. Both musicians meet there. They also share--granted, off-putting to some--heart-on-sleeve emotionality/sincerity. Geezer rock may have its horrors, but these guys' symbiosis gets cosmic. Gus might have approved.

Hmm. . . Bjork and Anton Webern??


Year of the Horse
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written by RBuxbaum September 6, 2003 - 8:28 PM PDT
1 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Grainy film makes this a horribly confusing film to watch. The band knows four chords and that's what they play, endlessly. Now I know why Neil Young and Crazy Horse has a cult following and nothing else.

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