|1. Opera Star|
|2. Surfer Joe and Moe the Sleaze|
|4. Get Back on it|
|5. Southern Pacific|
|6. Motor City|
|7. Rapid Transit|
're.ac.tor' is an explosive chain reaction (since there is no song called 're.ac.tor' on the disc, one must speculate on the significance of the title, including it's syllabled graphic style, and absence of capital letters, which may symbolize being broken down to essential elements; the song titles receive the same curious treatment). The cover is odd and striking, a bold red sideways pyramid flanked top and bottom by black panels. I suppose it conveys contained, yet invasive heat, another good analogy for the aural content within. The 1981 release of 're.ac.tor' followed the 1980 release of Young's 'Hawks and Doves' almost one year to the day, another album with a similarly simple yet symbolic cover, a large white star surrounded by blue background.
While 'Hawks and Doves' embraced a patriotic theme, 're.ac.tor' embraces everything hedonistic. Drugs and rock open things up in 'op.er.a star'; "women", "booze" and "a pleasure cruise" are the tangible elements in 'surf.Read more ›