Neil Young


Eco-activism and marital dissolution have kept Neil Young’s name in the news over the last few months, so it’s a little surprising that those topics barely register on his new album. Who’s Gonna Stand Up? is a brooding, string-heavy call to action but stands alone in that regard: most of the other nine tracks are tender love songs that are downright charming and – for the most part – quite pleasant. Storytone was recorded in acoustic and symphonic versions: the stripped-down set comes across as almost mournful, whereas the superior full instrumentals are brought to life by an orchestra. There’s even some big band swing on Say Hello To Chicago. Nothing here is going to become a live-show sta-ple, but after an underwhelming covers album earlier this year, fans will be pretty happy with this solid collection of original works

Top track: Say Hello To Chicago

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