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Living With War [CD]

Neil YoungAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B000FI9OSG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Even if you don't agree with Neil Young's politics, you can't help but be daunted by the intersection of his genius and ire on his second album in less than seven months. It is the very rare artist who is able to channel indignation and moral disgust in such a coherent and forceful way--without sacrificing any of the vivid imagery, passion, or the high level of musicality that we have come to expect from him over the past four decades. But that's not what elevates this album: it's his pure, naked, visceral reaction to the Bush administration's foreign policy, building on a canon of outrage that he began with 1970's "Ohio," penned in the wake of the Kent State student deaths. But here he goes one better, filling in the lines that he began to draw on 2003's Greendale about a family caught in changing times. But Young's done with musing about lost ideals. On Living with War, he demands much more from his audience, and himself. This is nothing less than a call for fearless action in extraordinarily fearful times. --Jaan Uhelszki

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352 of 398 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart May 9, 2006
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This is electric Neil, not acoustic Neil.

I'm one of those people who is (I suppose) middle of the road and when i heard about this album was interested in how Neil would deliver his 'message'. Well, it's direct. Brutally so.


Shock and Awe is an all time classic Neil song (think Rockin in the Free World on steroids). Bank on that. The Restless Consumer is another great song. Families is a toe tapper. Let's Impeach the President is, well, a pretty decent song (musically a cousin to Powderfinger) but the lyrics are -well wow (Flip/Flop). Listen yourself. There are very few weak moments on this album. This isn't Harvest, Rust or Everybody Knows - but it's a good CD if you like electric Neil.

As someone wrote earlier, this may be the best protest 'album' ever recorded. It is sure to elicit some type of response from you, positive or negative. That's why it gets 5 stars. I highly recommend this album.

If you ever (even if just for a brief moment) think this country is going back to the days of "no taxation without representation", you should listen to this - even if just to admire what someone can do with his art with first amendment protection.

Unlike the brave "A Kids Review", I think we're all capable of knowing this is Neil's perception - not the person reading this (or writing it for that matter).
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing to Hear The Truth For a Change May 11, 2006
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Great music with an inspiring message. Neil stresses that America is a wonderful country, but that it currently has an ugly side. Neil wants the USA to be a truly free, compassionate nation, led by people (not necessarily just white males) with integrity. Neil is sincere and constructive in the messages of his lyrics; he is not America-bashing. Some of the people who rate the album one star reject "yet another Hollywood or rock star" getting political. Since when are they supposed to keep their mouths shut? All of us are entitled to free speech, provided we steer clear of libel, slander, and defamation of character. Rock on, Neil... kudos to you for taking a stand. Others are free to disagree with you, but you and everyone else ought to be free to express opinions about our leaders and our nation's policies.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just listen. May 10, 2006
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There's not much I can say that hasn't been said in other reviews. I will only say that everyone in America should hear this album. No-- not just hear it. Listen to it. Absorb it. I would strongly suggest that one should listen to this the first time, as I did, while reading along with the written lyrics in the booklet. This is powerful stuff, written and performed by a man who is using his music (and yes, his clout as a musician) to express the anger and outrage that he shares with a good many of us who care enough to speak out against this illegal and unnecessary war and the so-called leaders who put us there.

Numerous references have been made comparing this to "Ohio". I don't want to sound like the proverbial broken record, but this is indeed probably the most important music he has written since then. Musically it is a bit rough at times. But this is Neil Young, after all. Even at his most polished his music has always been purposefully rather primitive and rough around the edges. It's part of what makes him Neil, and in this context it fits perfectly. This is angry music from a deservedly angry man, speaking for an equally angry populace. Some have criticized the choral rendition of "America The Beautiful", saying that it breaks the mood and seems out of place, but I disagree. It makes a poignant statement, and (much like "Find The Cost Of Freedom" did on "4-Way Street") it closes the album-- and the statement-- perfectly. When the song ended I found myself sitting silently for several long moments, just staring at the album cover. I was genuinely moved.

Those on the right will continue to criticize Young because he's from Canada. To this I have two replies. First, while he was born and raised in Canada, he has spent much of his life living in America.
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388 of 483 people found the following review helpful
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Musically, this is a good though not great album. Politically, it expresses how literally tens of millions of Americans have been feeling for some time now, but with the corporate-owned and controlled right-wing media (which loves to hawk theories about the so-called "liberal" media) squelching the anger many Americans are feeling, Neil Young has been able to give voice to how so many of us believe. By all accounts, this album was recorded very quickly, but it does not for all that show signs of having been rushed to press. Young has never been a studio wonk, polishing and fine-tuning his songs. There has always been a delightful rough-hewn quality to his work, and that is evident here. The songs are performed by Young, a power trio, a trumpet, and a hundred-voice choir. Young typically produces either "plugged" or "unplugged" albums, in the former having been one of the major influences on grunge, punk, and indie rock, while in the latter a major influence on alt-country and folk rock. This is definitely one of his "plugged" albums, with Neil playing his guitar at its distorted best. Leaving aside the political content, the music on the album isn't as strong as on his best albums. This is considerably below ZUMA or TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT or RUST NEVER SLEEPS, but it is not one of his weaker albums. I would compare it to FREEDOM or WELD or RAGGED GLORY.

Most of the songs are at least good, but two I thought were extraordinary, both musically and in content. "Shock and Awe" is vintage Neil Young, solidified by hard-driving guitar and the kind of basic but compelling melody that Young has turned out a hundred times in his remarkable career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The cd arrived. Thanks.
Published 1 month ago by joão batista pietrobon
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not up to par with other Neil CDs. Seems to have been thrown together too quickly.
Published 2 months ago by dtstrmar
5.0 out of 5 stars Anti-War NOT Anti-America
It was a collection of ten songs predominately about America's involvement in Iraqi war. He sang about, "Living with war" and that he promised 'to never take another life' and to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kamiyahagi
1.0 out of 5 stars i hate it
leave politics out of your music love your music hate this album and film there is enough angry feelings going around without you fanning your political hate filled music ,if... Read more
Published 3 months ago by mitchell a.
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, important album
"This album will surely infuriate a lot of people. That's good."

I don't know if Neil actually said something of that sort, but it sounds to me like what he... Read more
Published 6 months ago by David C. McPherson
4.0 out of 5 stars Better late than never for a review of this album
This album was recorded about seven years ago, during the middle of Bush-43's term in office. I should have picked it up then, because Neil really went after the administration... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lester H. Nathan
2.0 out of 5 stars Beyond politics, it's just not very good.
It's unfortunate that most of the reviews here seem to come down to either "I agree with Neil's politics, so it's great" or "I disagree with Neil's politics, so it's awful. Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. S. Winston
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of his league!
Stick to songs about other issues Neil. You know nothing about politics. It's all "feel good" BS that means nothing.
Published 21 months ago by Mic Rock
4.0 out of 5 stars Viet Vet -- Still Living with War
As a Viet Vet with PTSD, I am still living with war.
This album speaks to me as a veteran for peace. I've seen war. War sucks. Read more
Published on May 28, 2012 by AZ Written
4.0 out of 5 stars "We're looking for a leader"
Neil Young / Living With War:

The Music: This is a rushed but passionately angry album. This is not one you listen to as entertainment, but one you listen to when you... Read more
Published on January 12, 2012 by J. Bynum
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Its very funny how liberals and conservatives accuse each other over things they both do. One side accuses the other side as portraying them as evil and crazy, and in the same breath, portraying the other side as being evil and crazy. My sentence is confusing, but true.
May 30, 2007 by T Dot |  See all 6 posts
I Thought He Wanted The War
Umm, maybe it meant "Let's go after the people who did this to us"? As opposed to "Let's go after some other people," which is what we did after that.

My prediction--this will be Neil Young's best-selling album. I listened to it for free on the web and it's great, and now I...
May 4, 2006 by Steve in Philly |  See all 61 posts
He Has a Set of Balls, That's for Sure
The evidence that he has reproductive organs would come in the form of his three children. This album is only a testament to the brain in his head and the conviction in his heart. (Seriously though-- I know what you mean and I agree with you.)
Jan 3, 2009 by John M. Kertis |  See all 2 posts
Which Neil will show up
Wish to correct Mr. or Ms. Flintstone on one point: Saddam did, in fact, have WMD. He used them on the Kurds in northern Iraq in 1988. Haven't you seen any of the trial or news footage? He never properly accounted for these weapons nor did he dispose of them or allow inspections of his WMD... Read More
Oct 20, 2006 by Berceuse |  See all 9 posts
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You're braindead american nazi. Get your head out of Bush's crotch.
May 4, 2006 by David B. Densmore |  See all 3 posts
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