Despite the fact that "Rockin' in the Free World" both opens and closes the Freedom album, "Crime in the City" is undoubtedly the centerpiece of the album. Cinematic in its scope, this song is one of Neil Young's most accomplished works. Musicians, down-and-out street life, and a few other characters fill out the cast of this audio play, which rivals Pete Townshend's mini "rock operas." There is a feeling that Young is illustrating society's lost and found in the late-Reagan administration America of the late '80s. Musically, the song has several movements, the most prominent being a folk-based, slightly Latin/jazz-inflected series of chords, which are also echoed later in the album.