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"I'M LIVING WITH A GAME SHOW HOST/Who has to brag and has to boast,” sings ‘ol Shakey on Almost Always, classic Young from its harmonica up. We can finally thank The Donald for something, though: a truly-inspired protest album which finds Young’s humanity/ire firing some of his best songwriting in yonks. Three LP collaborations in, Promise Of The Real – ie, Willie Nelson’s son Lukas et al – prove superb foils for this sludge guitar god/master melody maker, hence the harmony-rich chorus of Already Great sounds exactly that immediately, and the horn-bolstered power-chords of resistance anthem Children Of Destiny are just breathtaking. Young’s environmentalist stance is as impassioned as ever on poetic epic Forever, but there’s humour here, too. With its talk of Evel Knievel’s great-grandfather, Tex-Mex winner Carnival finds Young in playful storyteller mode.
Watch the video for Already Great:
Children of Destiny: