Monsanto Years [CD/DVD]

Monsanto Years [CD/DVD]

by Neil Young

CD(Bonus DVD)

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Old folkie that he is, Neil Young harbors a soft spot for songs as protest, and The Monsanto Years is full of them. Where he often railed against war, here the purported target is the agricultural company Monsanto, a firm that, among other things, specializes in genetically modified crops, but Young uses that as a pivot to rage against all manner of modern outrages. Apathy among the populace, avarice among corporations, and cultural homogenization provide the throughline on The Monsanto Years, and while the weathered hippie takes some time to lay down his electric guitar and breathe, this isn't a mournful album like Living with War, his W-era missive. This is a raging record and to that end, Young hired the Promise of the Real, a ragtag outfit led by Willie Nelson's guitarist son Lukas, to approximate Crazy Horse's lop-legged lumber. Usually it works: the group roars not with righteousness but with their own glee at making noise. Plus, the Promise of the Real is adept at the softer side, too, so they ably follow Young, laying down the electric and harmonizing in a fashion reminiscent of an unwashed CSN. Young is blessed with a younger, wilier version of his old compadres and that suits his tunes, which feel comfortable yet have a bite. Young uses his sturdy footing to lash out at what he perceives as destructive forces -- to our dinner tables and social fabric -- and if the individual message may wind up fading like yesterday's newspapers, the music will keep The Monsanto Years burning bright.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2015
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624925996
catalogNumber: 550586
Rank: 4014


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Young   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Corey McCormick   Bass,Vocals
Anthony LoGerfo   Drums
Lukas Nelson   Guitar,Vocals
Micah Nelson   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Charango
Tato Melger   Percussion

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Composer,Producer,Cover Design
Gary Burden   Art Direction
John Hanlon   Producer,Engineer
Daryl Hannah   Camera Operator
Don Hannah   Camera Operator
Elliot Roberts   Direction
Marcy Gensic   Producer,Licensing
Bernard Shakey   Producer
Jenice Heo   Art Direction
Alfonso Esparza Oteo   Composer
Eric Johnson   Cover Art,Production Support
Elliot Rabinowitz   Executive Producer
Jeff Pinn   Engineer
Chris Kasych   Monitor Engineer,Stage Engineer
John Hausmann   Monitor Engineer,Stage Engineer
Keith "Moby" Lanoux   Guitar Techician
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real   Cover Design
Micah Nelson   Artwork,Cover Painting
Nate Hancock   Location Coordinator,Production Support
Howard Chandler Christy   Paintings
Frank Girondo   Executive Producer,Direction
Devindra "Vinnie" Sooknanan   Camera Operator
David Dodson   Camera Operator
Daniel Venti   Camera Operator

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