Blowin' In The 'Wind'
Neil Young revisits the country-tinged, acoustic sound of such prior albums as "Harvest" and "Silver & Gold" on "Prairie Wind," due this week as the first release in a recently renewed deal with longtime label Reprise.
With its sprawling themes of family, love, nostalgia and spirituality, "Prairie Wind" is highlighted the anthemic "The Painter" and "No Wonder" (featuring Ben Keith's haunting electric dobro), as well as more personal cuts like the wistful "Here for You" and bluesy paternal ode in the title cut.
The album sports additional contributions from keyboardist Spooner Oldham and drummer Carl Himmel. A recent performance of the material at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium was shot by director Jonathan Demme for a concert film that will be released next year.
"Prairie Wind" is the follow-up to Young's 2003 effort "Greendale," which was augmented by a feature-length film bringing to life the characters in the songs. That album debuted at No. 22 on The Billboard 200.