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Peace Trail, released 18 months after his
The Monsanto Years album collaboration with North American rockers Promise Of The Real, is a return to Neil Young’s acoustic and pared-back rock sound. Backed by long standing drummer Jim Keltner and Paul Bushnell on bass, Young delivers 10 new songs of personal experiences and observations. ‘Texas Rangers’ is almost a monologue, with the occasional distorted electric guitar solo, and Young meanders through the oddly titled ‘Terrorist Suicide Hang Gliders’. He sings of a fierce environmentalist on ‘John Oaks’, and then finds sanity in ‘Can’t Stop Workin’. Easily the best on a mostly consistent album is the title track ‘Peace Trail’ on which Young returns to his roots, both musically and lyrically. The final track, ‘My New Robot’, has Young ordering a new gadget online, and the frustrations that come with it.