At the dawn of the 1980s Neil Young could look back on a successful solo career and a brilliant series of albums released throughout the past decade. What would the new decade have in store for him? After the low-key Hawks & Doves, his next album reunited him with backing band Crazy Horse. Re-ac-tor was a rough, loose affair, with plenty of electric guitar crunch but nothing in the way of truly great tunes. It was perhaps not the most inspiring collection of songs, but the truth was that Young had other domestic priorities in his life to see to, having two sons diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He did not tour at all during these years, actually only performing one show between the end of his 1978 tour and 1982. Seen in context, it's lucky he actually found time to record an album at all, and Re-ac-tor would be far from the strangest album he would put out in the 80s...
Hawks & Doves (1980) <|> Trans (1982)
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