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Mirror Ball
Neil Young, Pearl Jam
Mirror Ball
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
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Neil Young's eagerly-awaited follow-up to the Grammy-nominated will include the epic \Act of Love


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All Artists: Neil Young, Pearl Jam
Title: Mirror Ball
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Reprise / Wea
Original Release Date: 6/27/1995
Release Date: 6/27/1995
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Folk Rock, Singer-Songwriters, Country Rock, Southern Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093624593423, 081227844066, 093624593461


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Neil Young's eagerly-awaited follow-up to the Grammy-nominated will include the epic \Act of Love

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Gianmarco Manzione | Tampa, FL USA | 04/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Probably few people thought that at fifty years old, Neil Young would record the greatest rock album of his career. Well, here it is, the Grammy award winning "Mirror Ball," Young's triumphant collaboration with a very tight, sizzling Pearl Jam, who accompany Young's poetic rambling's so effortlessly that it seems as if they've played together for years. Unlike most of his efforts with Crazy Horse, Young offers a collection of stunning singles worthy of radio. "Downtown," "Peace and Love," "Song X" and "Act of Love" approach the explosiveness of the scathing classic, "Hey Hey My My(into the black)" from 1979's "Rust Never Sleeps." Other songs, such as "I'm the Ocean" and 'Truth Be Known" are drenched in ethereal galaxies of poetry mixed with layers of buzzing guitars. As expected, Neil delivers quite a handsome number of his trademark guitar solos. This is undeniably one of the greatest rock albums of the 90's, and the closest Neil Young ever came to invoking the ghost of Jimi Hendrix. This record is an obligatory purchase for any fan of raw, bare bones Rock N' Roll."
Young at heart
Sal Nudo | Champaign, Illinois | 09/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Neil Young and Pearl Jam's impressive musical collaboration has a live sound, with thick, unpolished guitars, heavy drums and crashing drums everywhere, as if in rehearsal mode. Though these songs completely rock out, there's an old-fashioned sense to them, a sort of archaic vibe for the respect of rock and roll music. The comraderie and naturalness between Pearl Jam and Young is unmistakable -- the combination fits like well-worn slippers. The heavy guitar chops on such songs as "Song X," "Act of Love" and the epic "I'm the Ocean" are all as intense and rocking as any Pearl Jam or Neil Young album out there.

The bold repetativeness of "I'm the Ocean" -- one of the best songs on the album -- is proof that none of these guys need to prop up their songs with hokey, unneeded sonic effects from the studio. It's one of those songs that could go on forever without getting old, and it practically does. The drum beat alone is mesmerizing, but Young's observational lyrics are also impressive. The fact that it sounds like a raw rehersal take in the studio makes it even better. "Big Green Country" is a rolling, high-energy song that clicks on all cylinders, a countryman's version of mosh. Only at "Truth Be Told" does the pace and volume on "Mirror Ball" come down considerably. The raunchier "Downtown" was released as a single, and with its references to Led Zeppelin, hippies and a huge Jimmy Page-like riff, it delivered the goods.

Two portions of "Mirror Ball" -- the middle and very end -- feature a hymnallike organ, the heartwrenching backdrop for Young's short lyrical spot that is aching in its tenderness.

Both Pearl Jam and Neil Young share the same integrity and ideals, lyrically and musically, especially on such classic rock-sounding monsters like "Peace and Love" and "Throw Your Hatred Down." Eddie Vedder's lone vocal contribution on "Peace and Love" is hearfelt and well-placed, an unforgettable moment, like a star in the gloriously murky haze of guitars.

And listen for Young's own beautiful closer, "Fallen Angel," perhaps one of the sweetest, most emotional endings to any album ever. "Mirror Ball" may be a somewhat obscure release now, but it was one of the best albums made in the 1990s, and a dynamite collaboration of sounds.

One of Young's hardest rocking CD's.
Marc Axelrod | Potter, Wi USA | 12/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the album that Neil Young does with Pearl Jam. Not only is this one of Neil's better records, it is also Pearl Jam's best record. Yet it is true that not everyone gave this album the positive props that it deserved when it first came out. Even gave it an average review. But not only does this CD rock from front to back, it is catchy as all heck. From the weaving "Song X" to the overtures of "Throw Your Hatred Down," the album is an enjoyable listen. And as with Ragged Glory, this album's crunchiness in no way stamps out the melody, either. Buy it, dude."