Americana - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
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  • Summary: The first release in nine years for Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse is an album of classic American folk songs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 100
    In vivid contrast to the sanctimonious musicianly overkill of Springsteen's Pete Seeger tribute, Young's overkill leads with its middle finger by ignoring the catchiest tune of the 19th century, the traditional melody of "Oh Susannah."
  2. Jun 6, 2012
    90
    Americana is, finally, Neil Young's best and most complete record since 1994's Sleeps With Angels.
  3. Jun 7, 2012
    80
    In a world where many acts of a similar age rely on their past, eschewing their original passion and fire for heritage, tradition and tribute, it's comforting to know that Young can both usurp these elements and carry on ploughing his own furrow.
  4. Jun 1, 2012
    70
    It seems pretty much like business as usual. [Jul 2012, p.63]
  5. Jun 14, 2012
    60
    The rest is solid if rarely spectacular, with the Crazy Horse rumble making a welcome return to Young's modern day repertoire.
  6. 60
    Though drab and overlong, it has a certain rugged, whiskery charm, which doesn't extend to the concluding "God Save the Queen", a stodge too far.
  7. Jun 1, 2012
    40
    It's the dampest campfire hoedown you ever did hear.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 5, 2012
    10
    The more I listen to Americana, the more I realize how vital these traditional songs sound when Neil and the Horse start to groove off of each other.
  2. Jul 12, 2012
    8
    Neil playing loose and groovy, the way he likes it. Some of these songs seem like first takes, which is fine because Neil probably couldn'tNeil playing loose and groovy, the way he likes it. Some of these songs seem like first takes, which is fine because Neil probably couldn't hit a wrong note if he wanted to. The production is open and clear too. Expand
  3. Jun 24, 2012
    8
    Neil and his Band in great shape. Truly American way of making music. I recommend it to everyone who's tired of crap streamed by mainstreamNeil and his Band in great shape. Truly American way of making music. I recommend it to everyone who's tired of crap streamed by mainstream radio stations. Expand