Your Music Library
  MP3 Basket

Living With War (U.S. Version) [+digital booklet]

2 May 2006

£6.49 (VAT included if applicable)

Get it on Google Play Available on the App Store with iTunes Available at Amazon Get our free music app
More Options
  • Sample this album Title (Sample)
1
30
3:21
Play in Library Buy: £0.99 In MP3 Basket View MP3 Basket
2
30
5:03
Play in Library Buy: £0.99 In MP3 Basket View MP3 Basket
3
30
5:46
Play in Library Buy: £0.99 In MP3 Basket View MP3 Basket
4
30
4:51
Play in Library Buy: £0.99 In MP3 Basket View MP3 Basket
5
30
2:24
Play in Library Buy: £0.99 In MP3 Basket View MP3 Basket
6
30
3:40
Play in Library Buy: £0.99 In MP3 Basket View MP3 Basket
7
30
5:07
Play in Library Buy: £0.99 In MP3 Basket View MP3 Basket
8
30
4:02
Play in Library Buy: £0.99 In MP3 Basket View MP3 Basket
9
30
4:23
Play in Library Buy: £0.99 In MP3 Basket View MP3 Basket
10
30
2:56
Play in Library Buy: £0.99 In MP3 Basket View MP3 Basket
Digital Booklet: Living With War
Digital Booklet: Living With War
Album Only

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 2 May 2006
  • Release Date: 2 May 2006
  • Label: Reprise
  • Copyright: 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S.
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 41:33
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001F362P8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,713 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By derbyshirepaul on 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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pete on 16 May 2006
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.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DOGG on 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
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve Allen on 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!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Glen Ramirez on 16 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
Neil Young fans have grown to expect topical albums from him. His political vacillations are legendary. Young has written songs concerning the Vietnam war & the Nixon administration ("Ohio", "Ambulance Blues" & "Campaigner"), the Reagan administration & nuclear weapons, Aids, the Gay community and the Bush Sr. administration. Now he has written his most current concerns. Neil calls this collection his "metal folk protest" album. As many critics have mentioned "Young and his label are treating this as if it's some sort of breaking news bulletin, the urgency of this is somewhat strange, given that the album doesn't appear to be inspired by recent events".

The CD is classic Neil Young. "Shock and Awe" is a vintage Neil Young tune anchored by a compelling melody and politically charged lyrics. The tune that has garnered the most public attention is "Let's Impeach The President". The only real negative I have with this set of songs is that this is almost like a continuous attack on the current administration (primarily George "W") in the same musical beat. The songs are interesting and well written but should not be compared to your typical "concept" album such as the Beatles "Sgt. Peppers" or the Who's "Tommy" that are individually diverse musically. The one change of pace is the final choir number "America the Beautiful" that is an interesting bookend to this powerful CD. I don't see any of these songs being one that will stand the test of time (i.e.: "Ohio", "Rockin' in the Free World", "Southern Man") but it will stir up some critical feedback from the public and politicians of today (both negative & positive) and should be discussed for some time to come.

"Living With War" may make you mad as hell which is pretty much the point. Welcome to Pop Culture Sen. Barack Obama (mentioned in the song "Lookin' for a Leader")!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?