I've been listening to some of the audio streams from Neil's web site. http://www.neilyoung.com
It actually sounds pretty cool. I love the 100-piece choir behind him. The horns sound pretty good, too. It's interesting having those things behind a power trio of guitar, bass, and drums. Lyrically he makes some good points, but I don't know if I agree with all of them. At least he's putting his thoughts and ideas to music as opposed to turning into a politician. I think that's where he's strongest, and I'm pretty sure that's what he thinks, too.
So far I prefer Prairie Wind to this one, but at least it sounds really different than anything else he's ever done before. I'm anxious to hear the whole album.
I never got Greendale or Are You Passionate, so I don't know how to compare it with those two. The last "rock" record of his I got was Broken Arrow, and it was pretty disappointing. (Especially after the incredible albums Sleeps With Angels and Mirror Ball)
I got Silver and Gold when it came out, and I really liked that one. Praire Wind is great, too.
And in the end...