Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

After being part of the Vietnam anti-war movement in the 1960s Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are experts at it, so it is no surprised that in these turbulent times they are at the forefront of that movement again. Their last studio album "Déjà vu" was an anti George Bush and Iraq diatribe from first song to last. They took that show on the road and this live album is the result of that 2006 "Freedom of Speech" tour.

Canadian Neil Young is the most outspoken of the four men and since he resides primarily in the United States he has every right to his opinions. Now, if the songs were weak then criticism would be merited, but on this tour the gang of four sounded better than they had in years. It is like they dialed it back 40 years and were reinvigorated by the call to protest their government's actions. It shows that socio-political commentary still has its place in music.

The music is powerful and played with an urgency despite their advanced ages. Neil Young seems to be driving the band and Crosby and Nash still sound great together. Even if you forget about the politics you can still enjoy the album on its musical merits.

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