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Psychedelic Pill

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Psychedelic Pill

LabelReprise
VertriebWarner
VÖ-Datum9.11.2012

Zornig ist wohl ein passendes Wort, um Neil Young zu beschreiben. Der im amerikanischen Exil lebenden Kanadier war schon immer irgendwie zornig und gerade das machte sein Gitarrenspiel so distinguiert und so unvergleichlich Neil Young eben. Mit 67 Jahren ist er mittlerweile ein alter Mann und natürlich immer noch zornig. Gleichzeitig zu seiner Autobiografie erscheint jetzt das 35. Studioalbum Psychedelic Pill des knarzigen Barden, im Schlepptau wieder Crazy Horse, ebenso alt, ebenso zornig.

Mit Psychedelic Pill – ironischerweise übrigens das einzige Album in Youngs Karriere, das gänzlich ohne den Einfluss von Alkohol und Drogen entstanden ist – liefert der Wahl-Kalifornier das musikalische Pendant zu seiner Autobiografie ab. Young lässt sein Leben Revue passieren, ohne in eine unreflektierte Sentimentalität abzudriften. Dafür sorgen allein schon die markerschütternden Gitarren, die donnernd durch Mark und Bein des Hörers dringen. Das längste Doppelalbum Youngs startet mit dem fast 28-Minuten-Stück Driftin‘ Back, das den brachialen Gitarren-Sound des Kanadiers mit flirrendem kalifornischen Psychedelic-Flair in Doors-Manier kombiniert. Er driftet textlich in die Vergangenheit zurück, landet aber immer wieder in der Gegenwart (Dream about the way things sounded, write about them in my book). Und auch wenn der Song für einen Opener gigantisch lang ist, wird der Hörer ihm zu keinem Zeitpunkt überdrüssig.

Episch bleibt es auf der ersten CD mit dem musikalischen Roadmovie Ramada Inn, dessen dumpfer Bass sich in die Magengrube bohrt, vom stoischen Schlagzeug begleitet, Youngs röhrende Gitarre mäandernd immer wieder dazwischen. Es geht um das Streben nach Glück, das Scheitern, das erneute Streben eines alt gewordenen Ehepaars. Wenn Young mit seiner rauen und doch zerbrechlichen Stimme fast resigniert singt She loves him so / She does what she has to und später dann variiert He loves her so / He does what he has to, ist der Hörer schlichtweg überwältig von der subtilen Zärtlichkeit, von der dieser zornige alte Mann zu erzählen weiß. Im stampfend-schunkeligen Born In Ontario erinnert sich der Kanadier an seine Jugend und schließt damit den ersten Teil seiner Reminiszenz ab.

Auf der zweiten CD knüpft Young mit der folkigen Ballade For The Love Of Man an die Tradition von Harvest an, um dann mit dem 16-minütigen Walk Like A Giant den Höhepunkt seines Alterswerkes zu erreichen. Zu Beginn des imposanten Stücks bauen sich bedrohlich die Gitarren auf und erinnern an Youngs Meisterleistungen auf dem Soundtrack zu Dead Man. Bald stimmen Crazy Horse mit ihrer Instrumentalgewalt pfeifend mit ein, gewähren ihrem Frontmann aber immer wieder die Solo-Ausbrüche – ein ganz und gar eingespieltes Team, eine echte Männerfreundschaft, die schon über Jahrzehnte währt. Wenn Young intoniert We saw the lights and spiritual shining / Getting closer every minute / Then we skipped the rails, and we started to fail / And we folded you, and it’s not enough / Think about how close we came / I wanna walk like a giant on the land, ist klar, dass der zornige alte Mann und seine treuen Begleiter in der Gegenwart angekommen und damit sogar glücklich sind.

Auch wenn Psychedelic Pill keine neue musikalischen Wendungen oder Instrumentierungen bietet und durch und durch den altbewährten Neil Young atmet, bleibt nichts Anderes als eben jene musikalische Autobiografie als großes Werk zu bezeichnen. Der mittlerweile alte Mann ist ganz er selbst geblieben – zornig, grantig und doch froh, die Vergangenheit hinter sich gelassen zu haben.

Tracklist:
  1. Driftin' Back (Disc 1)
  2. Psychedelic Pill (Disc 1)
  3. Ramada Inn (Disc 1)
  4. Born In Ontario (Disc 1)
  5. Twisted Road (Disc 2)
  6. She's Always Dancing (Disc 2)
  7. For The Love Of Man (Disc 2)
  8. Walk Like A Giant (Disc 2)
  9. Psychedelic Pill (Alternate Mix) (Disc 2)
Highlights:

Ramada Inn, Born In Ontario, Walk Like A Giant

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