Living With War - Neil Young
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter recorded this strongly political (and anti-Bush) ten-song set in just two weeks earlier this year.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The sheer brazenness of this collection is refreshing after years of timidity in the upper echelons of the pop world. [6 May 2006]
  2. Young hasn't sounded this fired up in years.
  3. A revelation, brimming with passion and some of the best melodies Young has penned in the last 30 years. [Jul 2006, p.113]
  4. Living With War's short gestation benefits Young's performance, inspiring him to make his loudest, rawest release of new material since at least Ragged Glory, maybe even Rust Never Sleeps.
  5. With few exceptions, Young's own "Ohio" being one of them, moment-specific protest music tends to dry up and blow away. But that's for the future. For now, Living With War accomplishes exactly what it sets out to accomplish, loudly.
  6. [The songs] manage to be unified in a way that Young wanted Greendale to be but didn't quite pull off, yet they also stand on their own and are, overall, more memorable than those on Prairie Wind.
  7. Really, what's to be gained from simplistic sloganeering like, "We don't need no more lies!" [20 May 2006, p.33]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36