Neil Young to Release ‘The Visitor’ in December

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The Visitor, a new studio album from Neil Young + Promise of the Real, will be released on Dec. 1 in stores and via all digital music retailers. The vinyl edition will follow on January 5. The digital pre-order grants an instant free download of the new track “Already Great.”

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According to a press release, “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.’”

Neil Young + Promise of the Real

From those words, continues the release, 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.”

Promise of the Real features Lukas and Micah Nelson along with Corey McCormick, Anthony Logerfo and Tato Melgar. In 2015, Neil Young + Promise of the Real released The Monsanto Years. They followed it up with 2016’s live album, Earth.

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Listen to “Already Great.”

The Visitor Track Listing
Already Great
Fly By Night Deal
Almost Always
Stand Tall
Change Of Heart
Diggin’ A Hole
Children Of Destiny
When Bad Got Good

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