Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

The Unrepentant Folkie

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

The Unrepentant Folkie

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Talk about topical folk music. Peace Trail finds Neil Young blazing in a set of often musically understated protest songs. 'Indian Givers/' the debut single from this mostly acoustic CD, offered moral support earlier this winter to the protesters at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, where Native Americans, veterans, and other environmentalists gathered to fight construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in an effort to protect local river water. The single's release coincided with the highly publicized protests and cleverly recycles the same rhythm that Young used on 2005's "Prairie Wind."

For the most part, the album's lyrical themes reflect Young's recurring polemic on environmentalism, anti-consumerism, and social justice. A sense of urgency permeates Peace Trail, which features songs that Young wrote following the release of his 2016 album EARTH. …

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