"Hitchhiker" is the thirty-eighth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, released on September 8, 2017 on Reprise Records. Co-produced by Young and David Briggs with post-production from John Hanlon, the album was originally recorded on August 11, 1976 at Indigo Ranch Recording Studio in Malibu, California.
Upon release, Hitchhiker generally received positive reviews from contemporary music critics. On the review aggregator Metacritic, the album received an average score of 88 out of 100, based on 13 reviews, indicating Universal acclaim.
If we could go back to a time where we had never heard these songs before, Hitchhiker would more than stand on its own as a brilliant piece of performance art. Stripped of the subsequent mythology or knowledge of what these songs would eventually become, each performance remains beautiful in its own right. Young’s delivery is so fresh that the songs seem to hang as delicately as drawings in the sand, waiting to be wiped away by the rising tide. Thanks to David Briggs and his tape recorder, they were preserved. Now, more than forty years after it was recorded, that one “stony” night in Malibu where a single musician set down his newest tunes, accompanying himself on guitar, is available for everyone to enjoy.
Reviewed by Doug Heselgrave for pastemagazine.com.