For years I was content with my little CD tower of music. I’d add a few albums once in awhile, but for the most part, I was happy with what I already had. That all changed when I got an iPod. Having instant access to every single song I had even owned made me hungry for more. In my quest for new music I found life in Dead Man.
Neil Young’s experimental musical opus, Dead Man, is a perfect addition for anyone who likes a little feedback or owns a Sonic Youth CD. The album Dead Man is actually the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch’s 1995 film Dead Man.
If you are a die hard fan of Young’s or into alternative music, you will love this album. There’s some feedback and distortion, but the bulk of the album consists of one riff songs with several haunting renditions. An added bonus is audio of Johnny Depp reading William Blake poems on one of the tracks.
This album is perfect for the iPod especially if you have it on shuffle mode. Let yourself be surprised. I first heard about this album my sophomore year in college after my brother mailed me a newspaper review of it. I was president of my school’s film society and we had the movie playing there in the Spring (where I got to see it free – hey, I was the prez). I loved the movie and had the movie poster on my wall through my senior year.
The preferred time to listen to this album (if there is one), is on a long car-ride or train-ride. If it’s dark out and/or raining, it will complete the mood. Like a fine Scotch. You may need an acquired taste for Dead Man, but… ahhh well worth it. A gem you keep hidden for particular times and particular moods.