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Neil Young: Live at The Cellar Door Review

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By Jamie Oliver

Ever since releasing his first solo album in 1968, Young has been uniquely impressive in his exploration of many musical styles. This album sheds light on Neil’s comforting relationship with the audience on an archived acoustic session that was released in 2013. His colloquy with the audience on the last track of the album; ‘Flying on The Ground is Wrong’ really shows the intimacy of the famously tiny venue. “It’s special when they’re really long like this, you know?” – Young jokingly chit-chats with the audience about the piano keys.

‘Only Love can Break your Heart’ is a harrowingly reflective track that stands out from the rest of the album and this is mostly down to its dreamy melody accompanying great lyrical writing that can only be fully appreciated when listening to an acoustic album. The live element to the album allows you to hear the rawness of Young’s voice; you find perfection in the little live imperfections.

A lost gem recovered and added to Young’s boomingly successful career, that opens the listener’s eyes to his close relations with the audience.

Jamie is a first year student studying multimedia journalism who is in love with learning about music from different cultures.

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