Greendale (released in 2003) is arguably Neil Young's best album of new material since Silver and Gold (2000). While I'm not a fan of concept albums, this one works reasonably well since the concept is simple and believable: the impact on a small town family of the shooting of a police officer. Added into the mix are themes of media intrusion/bias, environmental concerns (of the family's teenage daughter Sun Green) and generational differences,. The music is simple, but grungy, with Crazy Horse present, although Poncho Sampedro is confined to keyboards.
As is often the case with Neil Young, his live recordings add energy that enhances studio recordings. The one exception is Bandit: here the twangy, discordant riffs sound out of tune and are distracting . Having seen, on the Neil Young Channel, a video of Be the Rain, it is a pity that a DVD/Bluray was not included as an option: the visuals add to the energy. It looks like DVD/Bluray will be a later, separate release.