Stream Neil Young’s Upcoming Album, ‘The Monsanto Years’
Neil Young's new album, The Monsanto Years, comes out on June 29, but you can hear the whole thing right now.
The album takes on mega-corporations and the ecological injustices Young says they've committed, calling out Walmart, Chevron, Starbucks, and, of course, Monsanto. The album also calls out the use of GMOs in America agriculture and the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling.
Young is backed on the record by the Promise of the Real, a band that includes Willie Nelson's sons Lukas and Micah Nelson. Its distorted, heavier sound is a departure from last year's Storytone, which featured Young backed by a 92-piece orchestra.
The album's lyrics detail specific abuses Young alleges are committed by the companies. On "A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop," he sings: "When the people of Vermont wanted to label food with GMOs / So that they could find out what was in what the farmer grows / Monsanto and Starbucks through the Grocery Manufacturers Alliance / They sued the state of Vermont to overturn the people's will."
The Guardian premiered a full stream of the album, which you can listen to below.