Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

CD Review: Nils Lofgren 

The Loner- Nils Sings Neil (Vision)

Just because he played with the dude, it doesn't give Nils Lofgren the right to turn Neil Young's songs into such snoozers. On The Loner — Nils Sings Neil, E Street Band guitarist Lofgren covers 15 of Young's famous ("I Am a Child," "Like a Hurricane") and not-so-famous ("Don't Be Denied," "World on a String") compositions. And he handles almost all of them like they're just another part of a Thursday-night coffeehouse gig with the scones and double mocha latte. Lofgren, accompanying himself on guitar and piano, doesn't bring much to what's already there. He even copies Young's soft, trembling tone on many of the songs. As Young proves on his recent Archives box, his tunes can sound great with just voice and acoustic guitar. But a little personality helps too. — Michael Gallucci

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 9, 2020

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays

© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation