http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/173a978bca0880a3ca3669f7dae427fbee1cd1df.jpg Deja Vu Live

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Deja Vu Live

Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 3 0
August 21, 2008

The highlight of this soundtrack to CSNY: Déjà Vu, Neil Young's film about the group's 2006 Freedom of Speech Tour, comes after Young sings "Let's Impeach the President" to an Atlanta audience that suddenly divides like Congress, equally booing and cheering. The performance proves that material from Young's Living With War, an indictment of the Bush regime, wasn't just aimed at the converted. Young's songs are the true rocket-launchers on Déjà Vu Live. His squiggly guitar blasts also act as the gunpowder that fires older tunes like Graham Nash's "Military Madness," Stephen Stills' "For What It's Worth" and CSNY staples such as David Crosby's "Wooden Ships" and "Déjà Vu." The trio's harmonies provide a blanket of old-hippie warmth for Young's raw protest songs, even as Nash goes on a Woodstock nostalgia trip, warning the crowd not to "eat the brown acid." The voice of youth might be missing from the soundtrack, but it's there in the film: The most poignant moment comes when 24-year-old Iraq War vet Josh Hisle jams with Young on a song the Marine wrote, singing, "I'm sick of calling this [war] essential/'Cause I've shot their sons and I've watched their mothers cry."

Album Review Main Next


Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...


Sort by:
    Read More
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.


    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories


    The Commodores | 1984

    The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

    More Song Stories entries »