It takes some guts for any musician living in the United States to take a stand against the government, but you need serious huevos to write and record a protest song cycle explicitly demanding an end to war and the impeachment of the president and then make it available free for download on the Internet. Living With War (available at www.neilyoung.com) demonstrates that Neil Young has what it takes as surely as The Seeger Sessions shows that Bruce Springsteen doesn't. Young's songs haven't sounded this raw, noisy and angry in ages. And while there are distinct echoes of glorious Rust Never Sleeps-era distortion, the scorch never gets so loud as to drown out Young's indictments hollered in the hoarse voice of a desperate man who's mad as hell and won't take it any more. The topical song-cycle appears to have come to together as quickly as the words entered his mind, with no time wasted on fanciful allegories or clever metaphors. It doesn't get any blunter than Let's Impeach The President, which employs sound clips of President Bush's contradictory statements hilariously punctuated with choir chants of "flip flop." But the real genius move of the album's most controversial song is that he makes it a tuneful classroom-ready singalong number. A courageous statement that should resonate far and wide.