Chrome Dreams II |
REVIEWED BY CHRIS STRAUSS
Following the fiery political-protest anthems of 2006’s Living with War, the 61-year-old rock legend turns his focus inward. Chrome Dreams II finds a positive Young contemplating mortality and spirituality, fitting for a newly qualified AARP member nearly killed by a brain aneurysm two years ago. A throwback to his After the Gold Rush-era material—he seamlessly mixes the fragility of “The Believer” with the searing guitars of “Dirty Old Man”—the album’s most transfixing cut is the previously unreleased “Ordinary People,” a driving narrative that chronicles human behavior through the prism of various common man types.