Rarely are critics so polarized by a major work by a rock legend as they were in 2003, when Neil Young dropped his confounding Greendale
into their laps. Some embraced his concept album about life in a fictional, sleepy Northern Californian town as a small masterpiece that addressed important issues facing a country in crisis, and claimed that Young, reunited with his backing band, Crazy Horse, had finally produced music comparable in quality to 1990's Ragged Glory
. Others found the lyrics full of clumsy sloganeering and incoherent rants aimed at everything from paranoid, post-9/11 warmongering to the endangered environment. Shot and directed with littl...