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  • Audio CD (May 9 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000FI9OSG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Oct. 22 2016
By Dave Flaat - Published on
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Neil. sometimes you have too much baggage......
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album blew me away. Thank you, Neil Young! May 16 2006
By JM in LA - Published on
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This is a beautiful collection of thoughtful, haunting and extremely moving songs. I've listened to it at least 50 times already and never get tired of it. I'd like to tell you my favorite song, but can't decide...Living with War, Families, Flags of Freedom, Restless Consumer, Shock & Awe...all are terrific songs. But, it's the title song, Living with War, that replays in my mind and very poignantly captures the sadness and despair of not just the present war, but all wars.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find the cost of Freedom Sept. 26 2008
By Christopher M. Fulton - Published on
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The sixties may be long done with and over, but someone forgot to tell Neil that. You go Neil!! This is going to be part album review/ part diatribe. Be warned. As a whole, this album is great. There is maybe one weak song, the rest rock. And by weak, I mean he doesn't sound very good.
All right, politics time, much as some may not like it. This is, by its nature, a PROTEST ALBUM. Therefore, politics must play heavily into the reviews. Neil Young has, over the years, been a talking head for what he feels is the state of our nation and of our world. When he feels the need to say "WAKE THE F@%& UP!!!" he does a protest type album.
I do not think he asks you to agree with his beliefs, just that you listen and make your mind up about what you believe. We have become, to an extent, a nation of lemmings. We know our politicians are crooked, but we want to just ignore it, hoping it will go away. Neil, I think, is saying with this, "What is wrong with you? Open your eyes!" You don't agree with him, great. You do agree, great. I personally agree. And before you call me an aging boomer, check some of my other reviews. I'm a Gen-X'er, baby. Born in 1973. My mom is a grade school teacher, my dad does IT. They weren't exactly protesters in their youth, just good down home Midwestern kids.
What makes our wonderful country great is that any one of us could have created this album and not have to worry about being assassinated, or otherwise disappearing, for our beliefs. Welcome to America. Check your Bill of Rights kids. This is peaceful protestation. We as Americans need to take a step back and see the corruption that is happening and actually do something about it. Get out there and bang the drums of protest. Loudly! Otherwise don't cry about the pathetic crap that is happening in D.C.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An artistic triumph and breakthrough for Neil Young May 12 2006
By Frank Cohen - Published on
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This is a masterpiece, an artistic triumph, and, incredibly, even a breakthrough for Neil, as far as I'm concerned. All professional reviews (and most amateur ones) I've read or heard have absolutely undersold this album. I'm not hedging like the professional critics. I love this as much as I love "Ragged Glory" or any other classic Neil album, but it reminds me most of Ragged Glory. It deserves a place in Neil's cannon of great works, but that will be tough because of the iconic status since acquired by his classics. Neil is impassioned. His songwriting is inspired. The choral group and the trumpet add the perfect flourishes of majesty and urgency. The social and political commentary is suprisingly clever and witty, and only propels, rather than drags down, the rhthymic pace and tunefulness of the songs. Not an easy task. Sustaining this sublime melding of commentary, melody and rhythm over a whole album marks a musical breakthrough for Mr. Young. It is impossible to not be impressed by the listening experience provided by "Living with War." Buy it now and turn it up!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Review May 16 2006
By John H. - Published on
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Let's leave aside politics for now. Neil Young is my absolute favorite guitarist, but it seems that starting with "Are You Passionate" he began to pursue a minimalist approach to the guitar, and the inventive fire that he put into albums like "Ragged Glory" appears to be gone. This could very well be because of his age. After all, we can't expect a 60-year-old man to play with the same agility and endurance as a 20-year-old. So, I think this album - like Greendale - could have benefitted from the addition of a rhythm guitarist to help ease the burden of Neil having to carry all of the guitar chores by himself. He certainly could have hired someone, so I can only conclude that his current trio sound is a deliberate choice. So, I was a little disappointed at the playing on this album, although it is much much better than Greendale. Having said that, I think his playing on the opener, "After the Garden Is Gone", is pretty fine, and there are great moments throughout. Also, he appears to be in fine voice - that is, he's singing with a passion that is reminiscent of "Tonight's the Night". There is a wonderful creakiness here that really compliments the material. But much of the material, unfortunately, is pretty weak. There is a lot of plagarism going on here, a lot of it self-plagarism. Or maybe it could more accurately be called homage. For instance, "Shock and Awe" sounds an awful lot like "Hey Hey, My My", and "Let's Impeach the President" owes a little to "Powderfinger". "Flags of Freedom" (lyrically the best song) is a deliberate tribute to Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom". And so forth. Frankly, some of the lyrics are just plain bad. "Let's Impeach the President' - subtle, it's not. If I didn't know better, I would think that some of these songs are intended to be parody, but I think it's really just a matter of Neil trying to be as direct as possible.

So, on to the politics. George W. Bush is the worst President in the short history of our country (and I dread to think that there will be even worse to come). I sometimes find it hard to believe that I'm actually living through these years, and I never ever thought that I would find myself looking back on the Nixon years with fondness, but Bush actually makes Nixon look good. Thank you Neil Young for waking up and realizing what a dangerous situation we're in. American, Canadian, Mexican, whatever - we are all in jeopardy with this evil regime in power. Impeachment cannot come too soon!

For the musical content, I would give this album 2 1/2 stars, but because I agree with the message, I give it 4 stars.