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Living with War

Neil Young Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Corp
  • ASIN: 5558341890
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Rock Protest 7 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
Having listened to this album streamed on Neil Young's website, I am awaiting the release of the album proper with aural anticipation (by Young's own admission, the quality of the webstream version is not as good as the CD will be). This is a great return to the likes of "Zuma" in terms of sound - but with a power trio quirkily matched with trumpets and a 100-strong choir; well worth the listen.

The real high spot is the politics. This is straight-forward anti-war, anti-Bush polemic, and it is done well. Of course it is already offending the malicious right in America; of course there are people calling him un-patriotic and, as a Canadian, challenging his right to comment. But he is measured in his response to such critics: he's been proud to pay his taxes in America for 40 years and is proud of his American family. He is also being as clear as he as ever been about war. When asked by a TV journalist "What is the song 'Let's impeach the President' about?" he gave a puzzled look and responded that it was "kinda in the title really". Same can be said for the whole album. Go buy it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life in the Old Man Yet 29 Jun 2006
By Steve A
Format:Audio CD
Neil Young's politics have sometimes been dubious and his wavering between left and right wing views has often been displayed in his songwriting (Ohio,Rockin in the Free World,Lets Roll etc), but here he gives it to you straight !

But even if you disagree with his views (unlikely I think as he's pretty much preaching to the converted) , you can't fail to be impressed by the energy and life in this music.

What an indictment of the current music scene that its left to this gnarled old hippie to take a stand and put his opposition to the Bush regime into song.

The music will appeal to fans of Crazy Horse Neil rather than mellow country Neil and on tracks like Lets Impeach The President,Living With War,and Flags Of Freedom the music carries the message superbly.

For my money's worth this is his best since Ragged Glory.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazed 10 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Neil Young fan for too many years and to be honest it's not always been an easy ride. However his new album, Living with War is a triumph. Great message, Great lyrics and Great Melody make this the must have album of the time and a master work from Neil. Buy it today. Listen & enjoy, some may even learn!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Neil Young! 16 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
Album no 5,000 or so from the Canadian troubadour is another raw blend of feedback drenched guitar and hard hitting lyrics.

The Iraq War is the central theme of this short album,recorded in barely a few weeks and pulsing with righteous indignation.

Using a large choir as backing vocalists,matched to a basic drums,bass and guitar, this is a curious mix but definately Young's best work for a decade
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4.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young Goes to War 16 May 2006
By Pete
Format:Audio CD
When the first mentions of this record began to be aired on the internet, initially from blogs of the singers who make up the 100 piece choir, it was difficult to imagine Neil making a completely political album. Sure, he's recorded individual songs with strong politcal content before, but this was a departure, unless you count Greendale!

I for one was concerned that the political message would mean that the music would suffer, but I believe that it hasn't and there are some songs on the album that will stand the test of time and become great songs.

Using a three pice combo of Rick Rosas (Bass), Chad Cromwell (Drums) and Tommy Bray (Trumpet) Neil has recorded ten songs that have urgency, passion and energy that goes hand in hand with the quick recording period, as many of the songs were the first takes. This is a fairly typical Neil thing to do. He has frequently said that there have been better recordings of his songs but he prefers the take that has the most "feel".

This seems quite peverse, especially when it it is so easy for musicians and producers to iron out flaws in the sound, and Neil has been caught out by releasing less than perfect albums. However, Living With War is an exception. It's message demands urgency, hence the quick recording, and the unpolished finish suits the songs and the times.

Stand out tracks after 20+ listenings are;

Shock and Awe

Flags of Freedom

Roger and Out

Peversely, I like Let's Impeach the President because of it's campfire sing-a-long qualities.

The final track is another in the "He's gone one step too far" school of believing everything he does, see Natural Beauty on Harvest Moon.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential 17 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
The other reviewers here have captured the real essence of "Living.." so no need to repeat. This is ragged, raw, real and most importantly relevant to our times. I've always felt that Neil Youngs best work has a spontaneous, authentic and deeply passionate quality and this has it in spades. After a string of OK-ish albums (and I think "Praire Wind" is a tad overrated) this reconfirms Neil Young as one of the most important voices in contemporay music today. Daring music which needs to played and heard.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great protest album, a good album 2 May 2006
By Larry
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, I don't believe in ALL what Young is saying on this record. But that didn't put me off listening to it, and it shouldn't put it anybody else off. At first I thought it may be quite a cynical marketing move, but after hearing it there is no doubting the man's sincerity.

The music is good, and I don't think it ever gets much better than the opener 'After the Garden'. It is has a really strong guitar riff, a great bridge, and a really memorable melody, which is what his albums have lacked recently. The energy of this album is amazing, never more so than on 'The Restless Consumer', where Young half raps half screams into the microphone. The choir works very well, giving it a really atmospheric feel.

On the down side, I think some of the songs could have had more time taken over them. I know that he wanted to record it quickly, but just a bit of refining might have helped songs like 'Shock and Awe'and 'Looking for a Leader'. However as a protest album it is very affecting, and has even given me a different perspective on the whole issue of the war, which I suppose is its aim.

This is definitely the best album Neil Young has done in a long time. He sounds fresh and energetic, and his voice is great. Be wary that it is not as refined or as 'well-written' as the likes of Zuma and Rust and Freedom, but that it gives it an even greater energy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Unexpected treat.
Just to listen to 'ROGER AND OUT' makes it worth
listening to this CD.
'Roger and out good buddy'... indeed I can almost feel you in the air tonight... Read more
Published 15 months ago by brian ingram
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong Neil Young record
Whether you like the ideology and passion behind his stance or not, this record has some excellent songs. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Little Cat Voom
I`m sorry I grew up listening to Young and I`m a huge fan ....I really appreciate the message he is trying to get thru here, but the music to me is appalling... Read more
Published 19 months ago by New Kid In Town
5.0 out of 5 stars living with war
got this album on release,must be nearly wore out,ordered another for my neice who is a supporter of help the hereo's listening to the words will i'm sure will add to the sorrow... Read more
Published on 8 July 2012 by P. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Bushbaiting
Fits in very nicely with my 2 Volumes of Rock Against Bush,the 2 Volumes of Bush's Greatest Hits and the Christmas one all of which are closer to comedy than the real issues Young... Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2011 by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This is a wonderful album. The songs are accessable, short, punchy, intelligent and angry. This is good, witty, perceptive rock'n'roll. Read more
Published on 6 May 2011 by Bill Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Punk Rock for grown-ups
I love this album. It proves to me that Neil Young still has it. He can still rock. It connects directly to my heart. Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2009 by Two Sevens Clash
5.0 out of 5 stars Recent discovery
I have only gotten into Neil Young recently and loving his music. I loved this album straight oiff and am fast buying his back catalogue.
Published on 24 July 2009 by Under a Blood Red Sky
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely good.
This is a great album by one of the true songwriting and performing greats. He is a maverick, he is wilfully eratic and his efforts don't always work - but it is never for the lack... Read more
Published on 17 July 2009 by Dutchy
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil goes to war
Take 1 measure of Mirror Ball, 2 measures of Zuma, 2 measures of Rust Never Sleeps, add a pinch of American Stars 'N' Bars, shake well and enjoy. Read more
Published on 27 May 2009 by J. Smart
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