Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere is Neil Young's second album bearing
his name. While recording his first solo LP after
Buffalo Springfield he came across a band called The Rockets.
They were recruited as his backing unit and renamed Crazy
Horse. Shortly after, Young was asked to join Crosby
Stills and Nash. During 1970 he split his time between his band and
CSN&Y; in my opinion, Neil Young's finest year.
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere is a pleasure to listen to. Some of Neil's biggest anthems are present
here; "Cinnamon Girl," "Down By The River," and
" "Cowgirl In The Sand" that make this a classic
unto itself. What else can be
said? As an aside, check out guitar guru Roy Buchanan's rendition of "Down By the River."
The rest of the album is fantastic too. The vocal interaction and harmonizing is joyful.
It is not perfect like Crosby Stills and Nash, but has its charm
and really blends with the music. They are certainly every bit as effective.
"Round and Round's"
beautiful vocal contributions from Robin
Lane nicely merge with the strumming and song flow.
The title track, my favorite song on the album, has a great riff --
its got twang, rock, and country. "The Losing
End" is in the same mold, but not as good. There is some of the darkness
that Young often implements in his writing on "Running
This band really sounds great together musically and vocally. Tie that into great songwriting, stir it around a bit, add it up and you've got
arguably Neil Young's best solo album.
by Barry Small ©