Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards); Frank Sampedro (guitar, keyboards); Billy Talbot (bass); Ralph Molina (drums).
Producers: David Briggs, Neil Young, Jack Nitzsche.
Digitally remastered by Chris Bellman.
LIFE was Neil Young's first album with Crazy Horse in almost a decade, but fans expecting a return to the classic Crazy Horse two-guitar proto-grunge sound were thrown another curveball typical of Young's mercurial '80s work. Although some of the songs here ("Too Lonely," "Prisoners of Rock 'N' Roll") are as fuzzed out and attitudinal ("We never listen to the record company man") as you could hope for, much of the album is in preconception-shattering mode of most of Young's work of the period, replete with synth bass and big '80s drum sounds. Highlights include the stripped-down "When Your Lonely Heart Breaks," one of Young's loveliest ballads, and the crankily political "Mideast Vacation."
Comprising music that hardly features in the movie (LOL!!) and largely produced by R Kelly and Wyclef (with some help from Darkchild on 1 track), this is a stunning R&B collection from a stellar cast of performers.
`It's like everyday' by DJ Quik (featuring R Kelly) is an outstanding sleek bubbly rap. `Stimulate me' is by the soon-to-explode Destiny's Child. Both are R Kelly compositions/productions. `Every which way' by Talent and Vegas Cats is an R Kelly production with some help from Darkchild.
`It's gonna rain' is an R Kelly ballad featuring the powerful vocals on Kelly Price. Vocally, it starts off delicate and builds up in intensity with Price soaring towards the end.
`Discovery' starts off as a piano/string ballad, with percussion and more instruments filtering in along the way, and featuring an outstanding performance from Brian McKnight. In a similar vein is the ballad `Follow the wind' featuring country singer Trisha Yearwood. Both are R Kelly Compositions/productions.
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