As the Guardian’s Alexis Petridis points out, it’s odd that Neil Young—creator of the ultra-high resolution music player Pono—would release an album like A Letter Home—a crackling, distorted, “retro-tech” LP recorded in a phone booth at Jack White’s Third Man Studios. For Young, it’s all about capturing not just the vocals and instruments, but also the environment in which it all happens, from the engineers to the equipment they’re manipulating. And for this new album, that’s nostalgia. From a letter to his mother as the intro to the acoustic covers of classics like Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind,” the 12-track record is a throwback to the early days of rock’n’roll.
Neil Young: A Letter Home