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Old 06-22-2015, 10:42 AM   #1
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Neil Young streams his new, politically-charged album The Monsanto Years

Featuring songs critical of Monsanto, Starbucks, Walmart, and Chevron.

Neil Young has teamed with Promise of the Real, a band featuring Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Michah Nelson, for a “politically/ecologically-charged” collaborative album entitled The Monsanto Years. Ahead of its June 29th release, the album is streaming in full. Listen below.

http://www.npr.org/2015/06/21/415234...monsanto-years
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Re: Neil Young streams his new, politically-charged album The Monsanto Years

Neil takes no prisoners! Brilliant! I really like it a lot musically. Lyrically it might be a bit too direct but hey, he gets his message across.
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Neil isn't complaining about the youth - he is calling out other adults.
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Re: Neil Young streams his new, politically-charged album The Monsanto Years

I don't do the streaming thing, I'll listen to it when it comes out. This is one I may or may not buy. From the one song I listened to ("wanna cup a coffee but I don't want a GMO") it sounds like his worst record ever. I'm fine with the politics but you have to write better songs than that, bub.

But that was just one song. It was about as bad as "Cough up the Bucks" from Fork in the Road. But there were some legitimately decent songs on that record so we'll see if Monsanto Years can do the same. Hope some of them are actually musical rather than strictly lyrical like most of his recent political material.
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Re: Neil Young streams his new, politically-charged album The Monsanto Years

Hmm ... I wonder if Walmart will stock it?
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Re: Neil Young streams his new, politically-charged album The Monsanto Years

Album Review: Neil Young and Promise of the Real – The Monsanto Years

http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/0...onsanto-years/
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Re: Neil Young streams his new, politically-charged album The Monsanto Years

The clips sound pretty decent and I'm encouraged by the fact that there are a bunch of songs here north of five minutes. But I'm just worried whether those songs are jams (like Cowgirl, Cortez) or just songs with 20 stanzas and barely any jamming (like Ordinary People). Can't really tell from the clips, which is a problem I've noticed with Neil before. For example the Amazon clips for Broken Arrow have nothing but the lyrical parts, you wouldn't even know it's a whole album of jams!

Anybody wanna chime in and tell me how much jamming I'm gonna get on this record?
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There's some jamming but it's not excessive. His backing band has some nice Crazy Horse crunch.
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Re: Neil Young streams his new, politically-charged album The Monsanto Years

I like about half the songs which is par for the course for me with his last few releases. I’ll listen to it some more before deciding to buy.

Everyone is allowed to have an opinion. But it’s kind of disheartening when supposed classic rock fans attack a well respected artist, avoiding any discussion of the music, in favor of misguided and insulting pictures denigrating his viewpoint because of his age.
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Re: Neil Young streams his new, politically-charged album The Monsanto Years

JFC, lighten up Butch. The album is typical of Neil's "topical" albums of the last 20 years. He gets so excited about the topic he forgets to write good songs. Aside from Psychedelic Pill and Le Noise, Neil has been treading water for quite some time. But I am an old man, no doubt about that, got my AARP application in the mail a couple months ago.
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JFC, lighten up Butch. The album is typical of Neil's "topical" albums of the last 20 years. He gets so excited about the topic he forgets to write good songs. Aside from Psychedelic Pill and Le Noise, Neil has been treading water for quite some time. But I am an old man, no doubt about that, got my AARP application in the mail a couple months ago.
I think Prairie Wind was a great effort too. Greendale and Living with War were quite good. Neil though has been hit or miss for me since 2000 though, although he will always remain my favorite artist. I adored everything before then, yes even Trans and Landing on Water, in fact i love them!
He does need to spend more time on his songs lately. But i have no problem wit the political subject of the new album. Neil's aware that the message wont get across if hes subtle on this matter and that Monsanto wont give a shit if he doesnt name drop them a few times. I havent heard it yet, just downloaded it, and im sure it wont be a timeless classic with the direct political approach. Im just saying that Neil knows that, and if his goal to to raise awareness and take a stab at the corporation, which it is, then hes going about it the right way.
Btw, ive read some reviews and im getting tired of reviewers just dismissing it because of the direct lyrics, both because hes achieving his goal, and also because there is MUSIC there too. Ill judge that after ive heard it a few times.
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Re: Neil Young streams his new, politically-charged album The Monsanto Years

Prairie Wind was OK, not a fan of Greendale or Living With War. Political meesages are better delivered subtley, bang you over the head preachy songs are just a bore to me. BTW, I can assure you, Monsanto doesn,t give a sh*t what Neil Young says.
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Re: Neil Young streams his new, politically-charged album The Monsanto Years

Monsanto Years has some not bad musical moments but like Fork in the Road and Living with War far too many cringe-worthy lyrics for me to want to listen to the album with any regularity.

Personally, I think the best way to make a political statement is to write a catchy, memorable song that uses a more indirect approach (a la Ohio or For What Its Worth) rather than hitting you over the head with the subject matter.
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Monsanto Years has some not bad musical moments but like Fork in the Road and Living with War far too many cringe-worthy lyrics for me to want to listen to the album with any regularity.

Personally, I think the best way to make a political statement is to write a catchy, memorable song that uses a more indirect approach (a la Ohio or For What Its Worth) rather than hitting you over the head with the subject matter.
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