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The Visitor

Neil Young + The Promise of the Real

The Visitor

The latest release from the legendary singer-songwriter is a collaboration with the LA rock band led by Willie Nelson's son Lukas

ADM rating[?]

6.4

Label
Warner Bros
UK Release date
01/12/2017
US Release date
01/12/2017
  1. 8.3 |   Gig Soup

    Young is more measured and reflective. He’s angry, but he’s “working on solutions” as he says in “Forever”. Of course, it’s a protest album, but he gets all the bluff and bluster out of the way pretty early on. Then the conversation starts
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  2. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    Don’t call it a comeback, but damn if it doesn’t feel like one.
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  3. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    The players in Promise of the Real and the naturalism of the record’s production lends a real sense of pragmatism to Young’s thoughts. And those ideas are constructive ones
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  4. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    When the songs are firing on all cylinders, the results can be extraordinary and quite unlike anything Young’s done before
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  5. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Young detours into blues on "Diggin' a Whole" and absurdist eccentricity on the eight-minute "Carnival," spinning a surreal circus allegory over a south-of-the-border saunter
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  6. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The Visitor finds Neil Young tilting again at the political windmills of the present day
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  7. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The remaining eight tracks on The Visitor rank up there with the best stuff Neil Young has released since the turn of the century
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  8. 6.7 |   Pitchfork

    While still pointedly political, Neil Young’s latest with Promise of the Real takes a more freewheeling, macro look at the world and becomes more centered than his recent albums
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  9. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    What impresses is the conviction - the passion for all that is good about America from a musician who hails from Canada
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  10. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Neil Young tears into the age of Trump with vigour
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  11. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    The scattergun approach can lack focus, but Young sounds energised by the need to confront hatred and division with humanity and hope
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  12. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    The Visitor offers plenty of unedited Young, which makes it insightful and captivating, but it remains the unpolished work of someone who doesn’t even feel the need to be committed to it anymore
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  13. 4.2 |   A.V. Club

    A jam session with some cranky speak-singing on it doesn’t make for a great album, and it’s not going to make any new converts, unfortunately—either to Neil Young’s politics or his music
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  14. 4.0 |   The Independent

    Backing band Promise Of The Real fall some way short of the full Crazy Horse, trudging rather than imposing a sense of implacable destiny
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