Monsanto Years [LP]

Monsanto Years [LP]

by Neil Young

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Overview

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. [An LP version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2015
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624926801
catalogNumber: 549799
Rank: 17758

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. A New Day for Love
  2. Wolf Moon
  3. People Want To Hear About Love
  4. Big Box
  5. A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop
  6. Workin' Man

Disc 2

  1. Rules of Change
  2. Monsanto Years
  3. If I Don't Know

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Performance Credits

Neil Young   Primary Artist

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