Raging liberals all over the country have been waiting for a fearless middle finger to the president’s administration. As his approval ratings continue to fall, it seems that being anti-Bush has almost become the thing to do in music today. Ironically, the most bold and no-holds-barred effort heard yet comes from Neil Young…a Canadian.
Any fan of Neil Young’s music knows he has been no stranger to political controversy in his music since recording “Ohio,” inspired by the Kent State shootings of the 1970s, while he was a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. While Young, a native of Toronto, has gone back and forth in terms of his musical endeavors (and styles), the legend returns to his rock-n-roll roots with overall success on Living with War.
The album’s title, along with track names like “Let’s Impeach the President” and “Lookin’ for a Leader,” clearly illustrate that there is no ambiguity in Young’s message: he hates Bush and he wants him out…now. Fortunately for us, the aggressive lyrics are accompanied by good classic rock riffs and Young’s distinct shrill voice.
Young branches out a bit from his rock roots as well, as many of the tracks include a 100-piece choir as well as trumpet accompaniment. The new additions are pleasant and add a new flavor to Young’s legendary sound. While hippies and tree-huggers are not as prevalent today as they were during the counterculture of the ‘60s, Living with War is a great listen for anyone looking to sing along to a Dubya-defiant record.