Neil Younger & Loopy Horse – FU##IN UP

A lacking verse for “Cortez The Killer”, an sudden cameo from Nils Lofgren on “Dangerbird”… for seasoned Neil Younger watchers, his first full tour with Loopy Horse for 10 years has already created a pair of unforgettable speaking factors so early into their run. Past these two headline spots, there’s loads of proof from the footage on YouTube that Younger and this newest model of the Horse are on an epic streak. There’s a grandly expanded “Down By The River”, a relentless, forceful “Love And Solely Love”, some heavy shredding on “Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)” and, after all, way more.


To some extent, it looks like Younger has been constructing as much as this tour for some time now. He’s been on a reasonably regular Horse journey since he reactivated his dormant backing band in 2018, with Lofgren changing stalwart guitarist Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro. Since then, the Horse have galloped via Younger’s schedules: a trio of latest studio albums recorded with Lofgren – Colorado, Barn and World File – have vied with archival, Poncho-era releases, together with ‘misplaced’ album Toast and Dume, a radical enlargement of Zuma. If something, this blurring of musical timelines – to be anticipated, maybe, from the person who wrote “After The Goldrush” and “Pocahontas” – have reminded us of the indomitable spirit of the Horse and the gravitational pull they evidently exert on Younger. Impulsively, Archives II feels much less in regards to the path Younger took via his troubled early to mid-‘70s and extra about getting ready the bottom for the rebirth of the post-Danny Whitten Horse on Zuma.

Launched first for File Retailer Day however now given a wider run, FU##IN UP is one thing barely completely different: each outdated and new, it finds a five-piece Horse, with Micah Nelson on guitar, performing Ragged Glory in full throughout a personal live performance in Toronto final November. Clues of what we may count on from the Horse’s present tour are in abundance right here, not least the power and electrical energy fizzing between the band.

Because it transpires, Nelson – who’s been taking part in with Younger, on and off, since 2015 and has identified him for lots longer via his father, Willie Nelson – is a wonderful match for the Horse, able to taking part in with both the adventurousness of Danny Whitten and the burlier sound of Poncho. As a consequence, he makes an intuitive duelling associate for Younger, wrestling with Outdated Black on the album’s longer cuts like “Damaged Circle” and “Valley Of Hearts” (aka “Over And Over” and “Love To Burn”; all of the music titles have been modified for no apparent purpose).

In the meantime, Lofgren’s honky-tonk piano lends a shimmying high quality to those craggy, elemental songs whereas the doughty rhythm part of Billy Talbot and Ralph Molina bear stoical witness to Younger’s electrifying taking part in. The churn is relentless, although, climaxing with a defiant and momentous “Love And Solely Love” (rechristened “A Likelihood On Love”). quarter-hour in and also you sense they may hold going: Younger is even nonetheless shouting the refrain over a squall of suggestions on the music’s shut, not able to give up simply but.

FU##IN UP tracklisting is:

Metropolis Life (Nation Residence)

Feels Like A Railroad (River Of Delight)

Coronary heart Of Metal (Fuckin’ Up)

Damaged Circle (Over And Over)

Valley Of Hearts (Love To Burn)

Farmer John

Walkin’ In My Place [Road Of Tears] (Mansion On The Hill)

To Observe One’s Personal Dream (Days That Used To Be)

Likelihood On Love (Love And Solely Love)

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