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.