Neil Young’s New Album, The Monsanto Years, Now Streaming Free Online (For a Limited Time)

The Monsanto Years
A quick heads up: Neil Young’s 36th stu­dio album, The Mon­san­to Years, is now stream­ing for free online thanks to NPR’s First Lis­ten web site:

The album can also be pre-ordered as a CD on Ama­zon, or bought in dig­i­tal for­mat from the Pono music store (which pre-sup­pos­es that you have one of Neil’s Pono music play­ers.)

About the new album, NPR has this to say:

Here, we have a series of taut and stone-sim­ple Neil Young songs that fit togeth­er under a catchall con­cept (about com­pa­nies wield­ing extra­or­di­nary influ­ence over many aspects of our qual­i­ty of life), each pow­ered by its own sup­ply of right­eous fury. Enjoy­ment of it prob­a­bly depends less on whether you agree with Young’s posi­tions than on how much tol­er­ance you have for a mantra, repeat­ed fre­quent­ly, using the three syl­la­bles that make up the trade name Mon­san­to. It also helps to like your harangues set to three-chord rock and expressed through tri­adic melodies. This is not sub­tle, Har­vest Moon Neil, brood­ing at the piano. This is ornery, snarly Neil.

Mean­while, if you actu­al­ly do side with Neil’s polit­i­cal posi­tions, you’ll prob­a­bly find some amuse­ment in today’s news that Young, hav­ing blast­ed Don­ald Trump for using his 1989 song “Rockin’ in the Free World,” turned around and gave Bernie Sanders free license to use the song. And that he did.

Relat­ed Con­tent:

Neil Young Busk­ing in Glas­gow, 1976: The Sto­ry Behind the Footage

Great Sto­ry: How Neil Young Intro­duced His Clas­sic 1972 AlbumHar­vest to Gra­ham Nash

Miles Davis Opens for Neil Young and “That Sor­ry-Ass Cat” Steve Miller at The Fill­more East (1970)

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