Americana

  • Record Label: Reprise
  • Release Date: Jun 5, 2012
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. 100
    There's plenty to like about Neil Young and Crazy Horse's first work together for nine years, a collection of cover versions of essential American tunes.
  2. 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."
  3. Jun 6, 2012
    90
    Americana is, finally, Neil Young's best and most complete record since 1994's Sleeps With Angels.
  4. Jun 5, 2012
    70
    There's an undeniable WTF factor in hearing these Cub Scout singalong ditties drowned in guitar feedback and off-key yelling. But that's the goofball charm.
  5. 91
    Even on the 66-year-old's 34th album, Young still has fire in his belly and fun in his fingers.
  6. Jun 4, 2012
    88
    Americana reveals the hard truth inside songs that have been taken for granted.
  7. Jun 6, 2012
    88
    Given Ben Keith's death last year, it's the perfect merge: Young's rough-hewn organics and the raucous Crazy Horse.
  8. 80
    Neil Young and Crazy Horse, when they're at the top of their game like they are here, can make music of any origin rock.
  9. 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.
  10. Jun 5, 2012
    80
    Young reignites melodies and lyrics sadly frozen through years of rote recitation.
  11. Jun 1, 2012
    61
    Americana doesn't so much amount to a caustic commentary on the modern-day American condition as capture a bunch of old pals trying to rediscover their chemistry by sloppily jamming on some standards.
  12. The Wire
    Jul 24, 2012
    70
    The album comes over as a political parable as much as an investigation into the spirit of place. [Jun 2012, p.56]
  13. Jun 20, 2012
    70
    Americana brings these songs back to life, and reclaims America's musical history with them.
  14. Jun 14, 2012
    70
    You have never heard these songs like they are presented here, and there's a chance you have never heard them better, either.
  15. Magnet
    Jun 13, 2012
    70
    Young makes these old, old songs vital. [No.88 p. 51]
  16. Uncut
    Jun 1, 2012
    70
    It seems pretty much like business as usual. [Jul 2012, p.63]
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Full Review »