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PARADOX FROM NEIL YOUNG + PROMISE OF THE REAL - The Audiophile Man
Title: Paradox Label: Reprise Most musicians tend to become increasingly safer in terms of their art and more conservative with age. It’s to do with increasing money and power plus a decreasing of energy plus the shock that there’s people out there younger than them who think differently. It’s also to do with hanging on to what they have and also not scaring away the pension plan…sorry, the fans. You’ve got to hand it to Young, though, he really doesn’t care a damn for any of that. I’ve never known a contemporary musician in their later years who grows more independent and individual. We’re in 2018. Have you ever known a series of LPs that scream “I don’t care!” like Young’s LP releases over the past 18 years? The man is 72, for goodness sake and he gets wilder by the year. Of late, Young’s work increasingly resembles published diaries and musical Post-It notes, reacting to world events. So, to see a soundtrack by him – in this case to Paradox, directed by his now wife, actress and activist Daryl Hannah – is an oddity. The quirky aspect of the release lies partly in it’s presentation because this is a three-sided …