Starting off with â€œTell Me Why,â€ Neilâ€™s high, odd vocal is as lilting and delicate as it has ever been, but itâ€™s the second song, â€œOnly Love Can Break Your Heart,â€ where his warble really works. â€œAfter The Gold Rushâ€ features Neil switching to a simply played piano for a perfect read of his great classic title track.
â€œOld Manâ€ is very quiet and â€œBirdsâ€ (again Neil is on piano) presents a cutting lyric of lost love over a slightly clumsy rhythm. â€œDonâ€™t Let It Bring You Downâ€ is big and expansive with Neil singing strong and high, putting the metal into his acoustic guitar strumming.Â The piano read on â€œCinnamon Girlâ€ is pretty interesting, lending the song less of a rock feel. Neil says it is the first time heâ€™s done it on piano.Â Weâ€™re back on familiar ground with Neil on acoustic, singing clear as a bell on the countrified â€œI Am a Childâ€ and of course the nasty cutting of â€œDown By the Riverâ€ sees Neilâ€™s voice slicing through.
Neil takes half of the last tune playing with the inside harp of the nine-foot Steinway, joking more about the piano then playing it. His laconic wit is on good full display in his patter and the song about pot smoking, â€œFlying On the Ground Is Wrong,â€ is a decent ender.