The Bottom Line
- "After the Garden"
- "Let's Impeach the President"
- "Living With War"
- An impressive impromptu tribute to all those affected by the war in Iraq
- Neil Young in classic Neil Young form - earnest lyrics and embellished guitar licks intact
- A catchy, infectious blend of protest folk, pop, and hard rock
Guide Review - Neil Young - Living With War
No doubt, Young will get a lot of flak for this record. After all, he's a Canadian citizen bashing American policy; but he's not alone. In this year of protest albums (Ben Harper's latest record, Bruce Springsteen's tribute to Pete Seeger, Ani DiFranco's forthcoming post-Katrina musical commentary, etc.), Young proves that he's just adding his voice to the choir.
And add to the choir, he does. A 100-voice choir, to be exact. Together, they call out again and again, "Don't need no more lies."
Young is an accomplished songwriter with an impressive career full of all kinds of songs - love songs, nostalgic songs, songs that just rock out, and yes, plenty of songs of conscience. Living With War is a worthy addition to his impressive discography.