Rust Never Sleeps
With one side of this 1979 album dedicated to solo folkie material and the other to heavy electric rock with Crazy Horse, Young hadn't sounded this probing, this energized in several years. Listening to a little punk rock inspired the renegade to tighten his compositions and modernize his jamming. If you want to learn why Young is an icon for indie brats and underground freaks, crank Rust Never Sleeps on your headphones. The crunchy, multilayered distortion of "Sedan Delivery" and "Welfare Mothers" will slay you.