Neil Young again throws a curve ball by following up his acoustic and country album Hawks & Doves with 1981's thrashing Re.ac.tor. The album, like its predecessor, was universally panned by the critics upon its release. While the album was definitely thrown together as the last album to fulfill his Warner contract, it captures the raw and trashy energy of Crazy Horse. The songs are clearly just thrown together with little or no lyrical cohesion, but the pure energy and power of the band makes up for any lack of creativity. The epitome of this is song "T-Bone" which repeats the same line about mashed potatoes and t-bones over and over for nine plus minutes. But despite the inane lyric, the band's crashing and crunching riffs are mesmerizing. The album's final song "Shots" is another standout with a riveting and threatening vibe. For the most part, Re.ac.tor is a hodge-podge of an album and really only for Neil Young aficionados.