Whining Through the Paradox

NEIL YOUNG On the Beach (Reprise) We have reached the second stanza of the title song of Neil Young's new album, On the Beach, and Young is still whining: "I need a crowd of people/But I can't face them day to day." The words are uncharacteristically direct, but there's nothing new about the tone of voice; Young's singing borders on whining even at its most mellow.

October 1, 1974
Robert Christgau

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