On this promotional album released to press and radio in connection with Neil Young's Silver & Gold, Young talks about the circumstances of the recording of the album and its songs. After being introduced with the usual blandishments, which refer to Silver & Gold as "astonishing" and "extraordinary," Young notes that the material was written during his appearances on the H.O.R.D.E. tour, and that he originally intended to play it on amateur instruments for a record to be called "Acoustica." When he wasn' t satisfied with the results, he took a more conventional approach, calling in many of the musicians he'd been recording with for years. Young's comments are interspersed with excerpts from the album's songs, and for the rest of the interview, he discusses those songs. Like most songwriters, he frequently talks about the circumstances of the writing of the songs rather than the songs themselves, though there are occasional illuminating moments. "Buffalo Springfield Again" inevitably brings up the subject of what it's like to be in a group (Young likes it because it takes the focus off him) and about the Springfield itself ("We didn't have the guidance we needed, and we were too young.") "Daddy Went Walkin'," though Young says it is not autobiographical, brings up the subject of his youth and his own father. Words + Music doesn't provide a skeleton key to Silver & Gold, but it does offer a gloss on a few aspects of the record and some insight into Young himself.
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann