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Before And After

Neil Young

Before And After

The 45th album from the Canadian singer-songwriter features 13 new acoustic solo re-recordings of some of his past songs

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  1. 10.0 |   Record Collector

    Young blends one reimagined song into the next without any pause, producing less of a medley than an epic, multipart ballad
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  2. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album’s idiosyncratic nature only makes it that much more appealing
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  3. 8.0 |   DIY

    The songs are rarely improved upon, with the fidelity to ruggedness giving the songs the feel of half-finished demos, but the songwriting itself is, of course, stellar
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Where the stage show had the intimacy of Young's between-song chats, the intimacy here comes from the sensation that you're listening in on his thoughts as one song drifts, like memories do, from one tome to another. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Young allows ambiguous thematic connections and the echo of intervening years speak for themselves
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  6. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The veteran rocker reworks favourite songs from his six-decade career in this intimate, imaginative solo set
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  7. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    Given that these performances take on a sparse demo-like approach, the intimacy is obvious and revealing, as if the listener is eavesdropping on the artist at a particularly vulnerable moment, or even more likely, while he’s simply opting to run through some songs for his own pleasure and satisfaction
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  8. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Gentle melodies and minimal instrumentation grace this live album of mostly lesser-known songs from the seven decades of Young’s career
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  9. 6.0 |   All Music

    They may have been written at various stages in his life but they're united by his iconoclasm, his dedication to the earth, and his quest for universal love, common threads that are emphasized by how the thirteen songs are segued as a suite, allowing listeners to immerse themselves in Before And After as a holistic experience
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  10. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It's another album that rather tries the patience
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