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Four Winds

Author: Falling James
03/01/2007 | LA Weekly | www.laweekly.com | Live Show Preview
Neil Young probably means well, but when he released his anti-Bush CD, Living With War, last year, he groused that he had to take political action because no other singers were daring to speak up. Coming from a former fan of Ronald Reagan, this newfound concern was amusing enough but also a bit sadly ignorant, considering that old man Young was once one of the few singers of his generation who seemed aware of the modern world after Woodstock. There were, of course, plenty of anti-war warnings by everyone from Public Enemy to D.O.A. several years before popular critical mass shifted and folks like Young finally got on the bandwagon. Not least of these songs was Bright Eyes' "When the President Talks to God," which used some of Young's own nervously childlike folkie delivery to send a succinctly disarming message about madmen in power. Naturally, there's a lot more to the music of Conor Oberst, a.k.a. Bright Eyes, as documented on the dual release of the electronics-flavored Digital Ash in a Digital Urn and the contrastingly acoustic CD I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning in early 2005. Keep an ear out for rustic new tunes from his upcoming CD, Cassadaga
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