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Neil Young

The Monsanto Years

Warner Bros.

Jul 17, 2015 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Neil Young is angry. As the title suggests, this time around the subject of his ire is corporate greed.

With Crazy Horse temporarily ditched, Young is backed by a new band called Promise of the Real and they provide a pleasing change of direction: the songs are tight, enjoyable, and lively. While there are guitar solos aplenty, the long Horsey jams are largely forsworn; musically, its closest soundalike is probably American Stars ‘n Bars.

It is, admittedly, very much on-the-nose: “Corporations have feelings, corporations have soul/That’s why they’re like people just harder to control,” Young sings on “Big Box.” The very next track is called “A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop.” It’s not his cleverest work, but it has enough hate to succeed. (

Author rating: 7.5/10

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February 21st 2016

Nice album. I hope to hear it at live show