Rousing, righteous anger on the legend's eco warrior battle cry
Coming 30 years after he co-founded benefit concert series Farm Aid, and named after an agrochemical corporation known for producing genetically modified seeds, ‘The Monsanto Years’ is Neil Young’s eco warrior battle cry. The follow-up to 2014’s ‘Storytone’ was recorded by a band featuring Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah, and ‘A New Day For Love’ starts things in rolling, rousing fashion. “It’s a bad day to do nothing/With so many people needing our help” he calls, setting an angry yet deeply melodic and willfully compassionate tone. There’s delicate ‘Harvest Moon’-style balladry on ‘Wolf Moon’, sly corporate digs and hillbilly swagger on ‘A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop’ and trademark country harmonies on the vitriolic ‘Monsanto Years’. The sound of a legend raging in style.
Record label: Reprise
Release date: 31 Jul, 2015