Neil Young + Promise of the Real – The Monsanto Years (2015) [PonoMusic 24bit/192kHz]

Neil Young + Promise of the Real – The Monsanto Years (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192kHz | Time – 00:50:57 minutes | 1,96 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: PonoMusic | @ Reprise Records
Recorded: January-February 2015, Teatro theater, Oxnard, California, United States

The Monsanto Years is the thirty-sixth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, released on June 29, 2015 on Reprise Records. A concept album, criticizing agribusiness Monsanto, The album is a collaboration with Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah, alongside Lukas’ bandmates in Promise of the Real. The album was produced by both Young and John Hanlon, and is accompanied by a film documenting the recording process.

Old folkie that he is, Neil Young harbors a soft spot for songs as protest, and The Monsanto Years is full of them. Where he often railed against war, here the purported target is the agricultural company Monsanto, a firm that, among other things, specializes in genetically modified crops, but Young uses that as a pivot to rage against all manner of modern outrages. Apathy among the populace, avarice among corporations, and cultural homogenization provide the throughline on The Monsanto Years, and while the weathered hippie takes some time to lay down his electric guitar and breathe, this isn’t a mournful album like Living with War, his W-era missive. This is a raging record and to that end, Young hired the Promise of the Real, a ragtag outfit led by Willie Nelson’s guitarist son Lukas, to approximate Crazy Horse’s lop-legged lumber. Usually it works: the group roars not with righteousness but with their own glee at making noise. Plus, the Promise of the Real is adept at the softer side, too, so they ably follow Young, laying down the electric and harmonizing in a fashion reminiscent of an unwashed CSN. Young is blessed with a younger, wilier version of his old compadres and that suits his tunes, which feel comfortable yet have a bite. Young uses his sturdy footing to lash out at what he perceives as destructive forces — to our dinner tables and social fabric — and if the individual message may wind up fading like yesterday’s newspapers, the music will keep The Monsanto Years burning bright. -AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1. A New Day For Love 05:52
2. Wolf Moon 03:52
3. People Want To Hear About Love 06:20
4. Big Box 08:17
5. A Rock Star Bucks A Coffee Shop 05:00
6. Workin’ Man 04:43
7. Rules Of Change 04:39
8. Monsanto Years 07:46
9. If I Don’t Know 04:24

Neil Young – vocals, guitar
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real:
Anthony Logerfo – drums
Tato Melgar – percussion
Corey McCormick – bass guitar
Lukas Nelson – guitar
Micah Nelson – guitar



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