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World Record

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

World Record

The 42nd studio album from the veteran singer-songwriter and 15th with Crazy Horse is produced by Rick Rubin

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  1. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    What’s left is Young’s preternatural gift for melody (most of this album’s songs started as hummable tunes that popped into his head on his daily walks), Crazy Horse’s enduring chemistry, Rubin’s less-is-more studio hand, and, of course, the most important subject there is: this old planet
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  2. 8.0 |   Clash

    A thrilling ride through some admittedly familiar pastures
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  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    Another valuable example of the unique magic Neil and Crazy Horse keep tapping into, even so many years on
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  4. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Producer Rick Rubin carefully captures a live sound, a spontaneous first-take feel. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    This is the sound of an artist at the top of his form and utterly engaged with the world as it was and is, a heart-breaking and vital album about preparing for the worst while fighting for the best
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  6. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Even if World Record has neither the reach nor the presentation it might need to have a real impact, its heartfelt racket at least draws attention to itself and, consequently, to the action it begs us to take
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  7. 7.1 |   Pitchfork

    Co-produced by Rick Rubin, Neil Young’s 42nd album is a mellow, off-kilter collection about the environment, mourning what’s already been lost while expressing a modicum of hope
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  8. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    On paper, World Record is a middle-of-the-pack Neil Young & Crazy Horse album, but it's filled with so much personality and passion that it begs to be remembered as one of his most soul-bearing
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  9. 6.8 |   Paste Magazine

    The passion in their playing is more important than any attention to slick professionalism that could threaten to dilute the feeling
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  10. 6.0 |   Mojo

    There's a first-take feel, which the Horse are known for, and a whole lot of background harmonies, which they're not. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The songs here jack-knife from loose-limbed, sing-song country, to straight-ahead rockers
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