Though many of the rock peers spend their careers that are late-era embarking on tours and recording cover albums, Neil Young is fiery and successful as ever. And given the increased political climate in which he releases his most recentÂ Â studio album Trail Â (** and a half from **** out Fri.), there’s no shortage of societal ills for the legendaryÂ Â Â singer-songwriter to condemn, his trademarkÂ Â Â reedy voice just slightly shakier with age.
However, in 2016, protest music seems, and appears, considerably different than the guitar-strumming screeds Young has spent his career recording. While this point, he’s recorded a half-century of injustice from early favorites like Ohio and Southern Man to more recent crusades from big agribusiness and Monsanto. And from the sounds of Peace Trail, the world’s burden is sitting deep on Young’s shoulders. His new songs pulse with immediacy, moving a record of 2016 salient topics, particularly the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
Over pow-wow drums and guitars, highlights Indian Givers and the title track of the album paint a picture of this battle in Standing Rock, the tunes’ heroes fighting for theÂ right . “There’s a battle ragin’ about the holy land / Our brothers and sisters had to take a stand,” he sings onÂ Indian Givers.Â Â Meanwhile, theÂ John Oaks tells a story of police brutality in a different perspective, focusing killed by an officer’s gun in his automobile.