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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.

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