Living With War review by Neil Young

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  • Released: May 9, 2006
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 6.3 (44 votes)
Neil Young: Living With War

Sound — 10
This album is a nice trip back to early young stuff, you have the saturated gritty guitar tone, the songs are well written, and the whole band sounds good. It's a pretty simple three piece setup, but with the addition of a brass section sometimes. And of course, the signature Neil Young harmonica. Sound wise, it's excellent. Nice and down to earth. Not quite sure what the hell all the trumpets and stuff are doing, but I like them, they're a nice departure from something you usually hear.

Lyrics — 10
Neil Young is back with his wierd voice again, you can love it or you can hate it. That part is up to you. Lyrics are well worked out, certainly fit in and everything. They actually keep you listening to the words. If you don't pay attention to the lyrics you're missing out. You really don't get the feeling Neil Young is just jumping the bandwagon, too much effort has gone into this, everything is worked out. It's seething with sarcasm, and cynicism.

Overall Impression — 10
So far I don't really have any favorite songs; I haven't had it long enough to really decide. All the songs seemed worked out, and none are obviously just worse. It's definetely a good album, and if it somehow disappeared, I'd get a new copy for sure. I personally agree with the general message, but even if you didn't I still think the music is quality, and it's enjoyable.

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    Neil makes nice happy music. In this day and age of hateful lyrics, and all that seems to matter is speed, I will definately be picking this one up.