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Living With War

Neil Young Audio CD
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1. After the Garden
2. Living With War
3. The Restless Consumer
4. Shock and Awe
5. Families
6. Flags of Freedom
7. Let's Impeach the President
8. Lookin' for a Leader
9. Roger and Out
10. America the Beautiful

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Even if you don't agree with Neil Young's politics, you can't help but be daunted by the intersection of his genius and ire on his second album in less than seven months. It is the very rare artist who is able to channel indignation and moral disgust in such a coherent and forceful way--without sacrificing any of the vivid imagery, passion, or the high level of musicality that we have come to expect from him over the past four decades. But that's not what elevates this album: it's his pure, naked, visceral reaction to the Bush administration's foreign policy, building on a canon of outrage that he began with 1970's "Ohio," penned in the wake of the Kent State student deaths. But here he goes one better, filling in the lines that he began to draw on 2003's Greendale about a family caught in changing times. But Young's done with musing about lost ideals. On Living with War, he demands much more from his audience, and himself. This is nothing less than a call for fearless action in extraordinarily fearful times. --Jaan Uhelszki

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NEIL YOUNG Living With War (2006 US 10-track CD written in a two week burst of creativity detailing his outlook on the Iraq War and George Bushs leadership; picture sleeve)

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Living with War is Neil Youngs latest and probably strangest album he's ever done. Some of the old rockin' hippies style and guitar flare is evident here but from a purely musical and artistic standpoint the album feels and sounds a little empty.

However, from a lyrical and spiritual perspective, one gets nothing but the honest truth and a powerful cry for justice and freedom for America and the world.

Some of the tracks sound and feel a little silly, (a little forced as well.) That's about the only thing that is obvious. Neil gets very personal and is purely sympathetic throughout the album for the victems of War and serious human problems like poverty, senseless death, children scarred and so on. The messages within the lyrics speak volumes. Very high conscience for the suffering that this latest American v.s. Iraqi conflict has inevitably created.

Also there is a genuine all out attack on President George Bush.

And most importantly, a great cry for peace and brotherhood.

Largely the album is enjoyable do to the force of intent that you feel Neil has expressed in this album. To do something to help and to give an answer and to really say something, but every track feels rushed and not very well played or thought out at all. It sort of comes across as a demo. The best song on the album for me was the good ole "America the Beautiful" which is all gospel in its rendition and has no Neil in it that is audible.

Its an anti-war album with class and good intentions but its a big splash in stead of a smooth ride. Not the best of Neils work. Its an obvious album to enjoy if you are anti-war but the album in its entirety is not fabulous.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rock's biggest political chameleon speakin' out! Sept. 30 2006
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The issue of Neil Young's politics has been a contentious one ever since he put out "Ohio" as part of CSNY waaaaaaay back in 1970, a powerful song that definitely dumped Young into the bleeding heart liberal category of rockers. This is the man who gleefully announced Nixon's resignation onstage four years later, but also stated "Even Richard Nixon has got soul" in his 1976 song "Campaigner". For a Canadian (who maintains his Canadian citizenship, no less, even though he's resided in the States since the mid sixties), NY got extremely patriotic and jingoistic towards America by the time of 1980's "Hawks And Doves"; he then went on to spend most of the decade supporting and praising the hardline conservative Reagan administration, to the dismay of many fans and critics.

But so much for the history lesson...coming on the heels of the remarkable "Prairie Wind" album, NY brings us "Living With War", recorded over four days with his Prairie Wind rhythm section, as well as a 100-voice choir and trumpeter, both of which add very distinct melodic touches to these ten tracks. From a musical standpoint, one has to wonder why Young didn't make this record with Crazy Horse, since musically it would be right up the Horse's alley (minus the ten minute guitar solos). Anyway, as was mentioned everywhere from CNN to Jon Stewart's "Daily Show", "Living With War" is essentially a ten song rant about the failures of the second Bush administation post-9/11 and especially their adventures in Iraq. On this album, Neil Young makes his feelings about these issues painfully clear, he is clearly against the war, and his outspokenness on the subject should endear him to the left wing/anti-war movement everywhere.
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351 of 397 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart May 9 2006
By Randolph Von Dingleton - Published on Amazon.com
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This is electric Neil, not acoustic Neil.

I'm one of those people who is (I suppose) middle of the road and when i heard about this album was interested in how Neil would deliver his 'message'. Well, it's direct. Brutally so.


Shock and Awe is an all time classic Neil song (think Rockin in the Free World on steroids). Bank on that. The Restless Consumer is another great song. Families is a toe tapper. Let's Impeach the President is, well, a pretty decent song (musically a cousin to Powderfinger) but the lyrics are -well wow (Flip/Flop). Listen yourself. There are very few weak moments on this album. This isn't Harvest, Rust or Everybody Knows - but it's a good CD if you like electric Neil.

As someone wrote earlier, this may be the best protest 'album' ever recorded. It is sure to elicit some type of response from you, positive or negative. That's why it gets 5 stars. I highly recommend this album.

If you ever (even if just for a brief moment) think this country is going back to the days of "no taxation without representation", you should listen to this - even if just to admire what someone can do with his art with first amendment protection.

Unlike the brave "A Kids Review", I think we're all capable of knowing this is Neil's perception - not the person reading this (or writing it for that matter).
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing to Hear The Truth For a Change May 11 2006
By Bruce Rhodes - Published on Amazon.com
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Great music with an inspiring message. Neil stresses that America is a wonderful country, but that it currently has an ugly side. Neil wants the USA to be a truly free, compassionate nation, led by people (not necessarily just white males) with integrity. Neil is sincere and constructive in the messages of his lyrics; he is not America-bashing. Some of the people who rate the album one star reject "yet another Hollywood or rock star" getting political. Since when are they supposed to keep their mouths shut? All of us are entitled to free speech, provided we steer clear of libel, slander, and defamation of character. Rock on, Neil... kudos to you for taking a stand. Others are free to disagree with you, but you and everyone else ought to be free to express opinions about our leaders and our nation's policies.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just listen. May 10 2006
By Richard D. Hodgson - Published on Amazon.com
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There's not much I can say that hasn't been said in other reviews. I will only say that everyone in America should hear this album. No-- not just hear it. Listen to it. Absorb it. I would strongly suggest that one should listen to this the first time, as I did, while reading along with the written lyrics in the booklet. This is powerful stuff, written and performed by a man who is using his music (and yes, his clout as a musician) to express the anger and outrage that he shares with a good many of us who care enough to speak out against this illegal and unnecessary war and the so-called leaders who put us there.

Numerous references have been made comparing this to "Ohio". I don't want to sound like the proverbial broken record, but this is indeed probably the most important music he has written since then. Musically it is a bit rough at times. But this is Neil Young, after all. Even at his most polished his music has always been purposefully rather primitive and rough around the edges. It's part of what makes him Neil, and in this context it fits perfectly. This is angry music from a deservedly angry man, speaking for an equally angry populace. Some have criticized the choral rendition of "America The Beautiful", saying that it breaks the mood and seems out of place, but I disagree. It makes a poignant statement, and (much like "Find The Cost Of Freedom" did on "4-Way Street") it closes the album-- and the statement-- perfectly. When the song ended I found myself sitting silently for several long moments, just staring at the album cover. I was genuinely moved.

Those on the right will continue to criticize Young because he's from Canada. To this I have two replies. First, while he was born and raised in Canada, he has spent much of his life living in America. And second, what this nation and its leaders do affects all nations. Was it wrong for those to criticize Hitler who did not live in Germany? It is an absurd argument presented by those who have no other valid arguments to offer.

I will say it again. Everyone in America should listen to this album. It's raw, and it's real, and it's honest. Our country is in deep trouble, and something has to change. My hat is off to Neil for being one of the few in today's music world-- and hopefully the first of many-- to have the guts to tell it like it is.
387 of 482 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Music Rating: 4 stars. Content Rating: 50 stars and 13 stripes. May 8 2006
By Robert Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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Musically, this is a good though not great album. Politically, it expresses how literally tens of millions of Americans have been feeling for some time now, but with the corporate-owned and controlled right-wing media (which loves to hawk theories about the so-called "liberal" media) squelching the anger many Americans are feeling, Neil Young has been able to give voice to how so many of us believe. By all accounts, this album was recorded very quickly, but it does not for all that show signs of having been rushed to press. Young has never been a studio wonk, polishing and fine-tuning his songs. There has always been a delightful rough-hewn quality to his work, and that is evident here. The songs are performed by Young, a power trio, a trumpet, and a hundred-voice choir. Young typically produces either "plugged" or "unplugged" albums, in the former having been one of the major influences on grunge, punk, and indie rock, while in the latter a major influence on alt-country and folk rock. This is definitely one of his "plugged" albums, with Neil playing his guitar at its distorted best. Leaving aside the political content, the music on the album isn't as strong as on his best albums. This is considerably below ZUMA or TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT or RUST NEVER SLEEPS, but it is not one of his weaker albums. I would compare it to FREEDOM or WELD or RAGGED GLORY.

Most of the songs are at least good, but two I thought were extraordinary, both musically and in content. "Shock and Awe" is vintage Neil Young, solidified by hard-driving guitar and the kind of basic but compelling melody that Young has turned out a hundred times in his remarkable career. The lyrics are the most memorable on the disc, evoking some of the more embarrassing memories of the past three years, first the absurdity of the "shock and awe" campaign to open the war, followed by the humiliating display of Bush landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln (with banner made by the White House, but which they claim was made by personnel on the carrier) and declaring "Mission Accomplished," the thousands of Iraqi children who have suffered because of our military invasion and occupation, and the caskets that have returned during the Pentagons moratorium on any photos taken of their return. It is a string of heartbreaking images that condemns the White House for a string of misdoings. But the final verse is the hardest to hear, because it condemns us, the American people, for our failings in the 2004 election:


History is always going to ponder the fact that we reelected Bush with disbelief.

The song that has gotten the most attention before the album's release is "Let's Impeach the President." It is a rousing rocker that opens with a trumpet playing taps immediately before Neil plunges in:


The verses are all intensely angry (as should any thinking American), but the most damning section for Bush is the instrumental break that plays a string of recordings of Bush building his own case for impeachment. Out of Bush's own mouth he is condemned, including such famous instances of nonsense as "War is my last choice" and accusations that Saddam was behind 9/11 and harbored terrorists.

There are several other excellent songs on the album, such as the lovely "Families" and "Looking for a Leader," which expresses the hope that we can find someone decent to lead our country (something that I have heard from my friends on the Right as well as those from the Left-the nation's dirty little secret is that apart from Christian Fundamentalists, few even on the Right really like Bush). The only song that leaves me really flat is the choir's singing "America the Beautiful" to end the disc. I appreciate the sentiment, but musically it seems a bit dull compared with what went before.

Much is being made by the Right and the Pundits that Neil Young is Canadian. While this is true, it is also true that he has resided in California since the sixties, though he also has a home in Canada. It completely escapes me what relevance his being of Canadian origin and a part-time resident has to anything. Do the sentiments on this album reflect how tens of millions of Americans feel? Absolutely. Are the political beliefs expressed well founded? Definitely. There is already overwhelming evidence that Bush misled the American people to get us to invade Iraq, that they ignored the substantial amount of evidence that there were neither WMDs nor WMD programs in Iraq, and the evidence continues to mount. If the Democrats take the House in 2006 and Bush's war actions get investigated, the evidence could well explode. So, instead of repeatedly making mention of Neil's ties to our neighbor to the North, perhaps the pundits should ask: 1) does his album tap into widespread national sentiments (it does) and 2) is he justified in his anger (again, he is).

Political leaders throughout American history, from Jefferson to Thoreau to Teddy Roosevelt, have emphasized that the highest form of patriotism has been protest when the nation or its leaders have departed from the nation's ideals. At few points in American history have the ideals upon which the nation was founded been so thoroughly compromised by our leadership as at the present, with charges of torture, secret prisons for illegally holding detainees, imperialism, and military domination directed at the United States by the international community. Most of the world views the United States as a greater threat to international peace than the terrorists we claim to be trying to root out. Domestically, we have an administration that has consistently tried to squelch dissent, engaged in illegal wiretapping, and promulgated an agenda that has harmed the vast majority of Americans.

My outrage is not directed at people like Neil Young who has had the courage to speak out against a corrupt administration. My outrage is directed at those who refuse to get as mad as he is.
30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it. May 9 2006
By Feeling Great - Published on Amazon.com
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The good news is a performer of note finally put our anger, disgust and frustration to music with powerful lyrics and has preserved our thoughts and feelings for future generations.

"Maybe it's Colin Powell...to right what he's done wrong." Neil has documented forever what happens when a good man does not speak out.
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