Published Nov 23, 2017Proving to be busier than ever, Neil Young is about to hit us up with his new album The Visitor. And while it's not officially due out for another week, an advance stream has already arrived online. So if you've been itching to hear what the Canadian songwriting legend has in store, you can stream his latest in full.
As previously reported, The Visitor was done with his band Promise of the Real, who also worked with Young on 2016's Earth and 2015's The Monsanto Years.
A press release previously summed up the album's theme and origin like this:
When Neil Young entered Shangri La Studio with the band Promise of the Real a few months ago, there were a lot of images and feelings careening around his soul. The country was heading in a direction Young had never seen, even though up until then he thought he'd seen it all. But something different was happening, and it had gotten inside his music. "I'm a Canadian by the way and I love the USA," he sings on the first song "Already Great." The ethos of The Visitor can be summed up in the refrain of "Already Great" where Young insists, "Already great, you're already great. You're the promise land, the helping hand. No wall. No hate. No fascist USA. WHOSE STREET? OUR STREET."
From those words, Neil Young was ready to take a musical journey on his new album The Visitor like he had never taken before. It was one where he'd even surprise himself, always the mark of a creative leap. By the end of the recording sessions, he knew he'd made his most diverse album going all the way back to Harvest in 1972, when America was also in the throes of becoming unhinged. Neil Young didn't blink then, and he is not blinking now.
To hear how that all actually plays out for yourself, you can stream the album in full here via NPR.
As previously reported, The Visitor is due out on December 1 via Reprise. On that same day, Young is also set to launch his massive online archive project, as well as livestream a performance from an as-yet-undisclosed location in Canada.