My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Again was recorded and released in 1967. The album had a sporadic recording period as Neil Young was often gone for the sessions. The album also features two experimental songs done by Young that were meant for a solo release, and only feature session musicians (“Expecting to Fly” and “Broken Arrow”).
What I think: This is an interesting album in that I’m having trouble getting a feel for it or coming up with words to summarize it. It mostly has folk rock feel of what would later become Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The best songs in this vein are “Bluebird” and “Hung Upside Down” (Which is probably my favorite on the album) written by Steven Stills. The Richie Furay songs have a soul feel to them. The Neil Young songs on the album are interesting, because they are headed in a different direction. “Mr. Soul” has a bit harder sound, “Expecting to Fly” is really orchestrated and “Broken Arrow” is sort of a multi-part opera piece. So all in all this album doesn’t feel really cohesive, but it still works and is still enjoyable.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I like that album and all, but as an all-time record I don’t think it should be here. It just feels to pieced together to me monumental.
Rating (Out of 5):4
Amazon Review (Out of 5):4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (65/84)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%