Albums of the Week
Neil Young follows up last year’s The Monsanto Years with a themed, and very different, live album. The idea of cherry picking from his back catalogue (Mother Earth, Love & Only Love from 1990’s Ragged Glory, Western Hero from 1994’s Sleeps With Angels, Vampire Blues from 1974’s On The Beach, Hippie Dream from 1986’s Landing On Water, the title track from 1970’s After The Goldrush) and combining these with tracks from The Monsanto Years (including Wolf Moon and Big Box) is testament to Young’s reluctance to linger in the past. That he adds all manner of found sounds (wind blowing, dogs howling, car horns honking, whales crying, bears growling, birdsong, insect chatter) as links between songs is perfectly in keeping with his environmentally-conscious and brusque, maverick leanings.
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