In theory, The Bridge: A Tribute to Neil Young
was a perfect concept, since most alternative bands of the late '80s owed the singer/songwriter a heavy debt. In practice, it wasn't entirely satisfying. Some groups, like Bongwater
's collage of "Mr. Soul," made their interpretations self-consciously distinctive, while others, like Soul Asylum
, played it close to the original. But the best moments came when a band played the song like it was their own. Listen to Sonic Youth
's rampaging "Computer Age," Dinosaur Jr
.'s faithful "Lotta Love," or The Pixies
' gorgeous take on "Winterlong" for proof.