Lucky Thirteen

This sampling from Neil Young’s mid-’80s Geffen stint reminds us how many of his experiments — from straight-ahead country ballads to electronic rock — actually worked. His quivering, silvery voice on Lucky Thirteen is most affecting on the country tunes, but it’s undeniably human even when synthesized. On ”Transformer Man,” it conjures the pale, sweet sound of a host of sopranos. Young ricochets from style to style like a crazed cue ball, but more often than not he finds his pocket. B+

Lucky Thirteen
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