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Fork In The Road - Neil Young

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Genre: Country - Country Rock / Artist: Neil Young / Audio CD released 2009-04-06 at Reprise

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      24.12.2009 18:57
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      nowhere near his best

      Following on from 'Chrome Dreams II', I think this album has to be considered a disappointment. The inspiration for this album apparently came from Young's 1959 Lincoln Continental, recently reconfigured to run entirely on alternative energy.

      Young has always had a soft spot for the automobile, the car has figured symbolically in many of his songs down the years & it does here, however this record fall flat for me, it feels tired & lacks the charm of his best work. He may be churning out records fast these days, but musically he's offering nothing he hasn't said before. He was so productive & prolific in the past, & has offered something new as recently as 'Living With War', but there is none of that freshness here.

      The playing is as good as you would expect from Young backed by stellar players such as Ben Keith, but the material isn't enough to make this essential. The title track, 'Johnny Magic' & 'Just Singing a Song' are probably the strongest tracks here, but there's nothing here that will have you coming back for more.

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      09.07.2009 15:38
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      Rock on old boy!

      As Neil Young fans are eagerly and patiently waiting for a compliation, the unique character that is Neil Young does as he pleases. I have to say, I haven't been tuned into all of his albums but the ones I'm familar with I like. Fork in the Road has a road trip theme to it, where he takes an old car across the US having made it green.

      It's down to this that the album is loaded with automobile related tracks like Behind the Wheel and of course the title-track, they are stripped down tunes that are free from complications and definitely on the rockier side of life. Cough up the Bucks has an almost rap rock sound to it and does seem a bit out of place but it's an excellent track as Neil Young makes a quality observtion and compliments it perfectly with his trademark Kermit the Frogesque vocals.

      The guitar playing on this album is exquisite, it's loose and almost a little bit trashy like old school blues. I didn't expect this one at all and the simple yet effective catchy rocky country pop tunes are aplenty, there's not a single track that lets the album down.

      The version that I review also includes some pretty cool videos, the first three being videos for songs where you get a feel for the roadtrip and the 3rd a live concert outtake.


      1 When Worlds Collide
      2 Fuel Line
      3 Just Singing A Song
      4 Johnny Magic
      5 Cough Up The Bucks
      6 Get Behind The Wheel
      7 Off The Road
      8 Hit The Road
      9 Light A Candle
      10 Fork In The Road

      Disc #2 Tracklisting
      1 DVD: Fork In The Road video
      2 DVD: Johnny Magic video
      3 DVD: A Day In The Life video
      4 DVD: Live Concert video: A Day In The Life

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 When Worlds Collide
    2 Fuel Line
    3 Just Singing A Song
    4 Johnny Magic
    5 Cough Up The Bucks
    6 Get Behind The Wheel
    7 Off The Road
    8 Hit The Road
    9 Light A Candle
    10 Fork In The Road

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 DVD: Fork In The Road video
    2 DVD: Johnny Magic video
    3 DVD: A Day In The Life video
    4 DVD: Live Concert video: A Day In The Life