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Re-ac-tor by Neil Young
Released: Oct 1981
Label: Reprise
The most blatant metal turn of Young's career, give or take feedback experiment Arc a decade later, 1981's Re-ac-tor arguably also kicked off his most playful period -- if two albums qualify as a period. Centerpieces are two long numbers: goofball nine-minute meat-free mashed-potato dada-mantra "T-Bone" and ominous near-eight-minute Synclavier-and-distortion gunfire warning "Shots." The rest hints at a rare if tentative funk influence, and tends to be best when focused on getting from here to there: "Get Back on It" (highway), "Motor City" (old car), "Rapid Transit," "Southern Pacific."
CHUCK EDDY

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