Fork In The Road - Neil Young
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  • Summary: Neil Young releases his latest album inspired in part by the Lincvolt Project, which is biodiesel pioneer Jonathan Goodwin's idea to produce an electric power system for cars.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 21
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  1. Songs are his job, and his reserves are apparently inexhaustible.
  2. 80
    Pragmatically exploiting his sure tune sense, his saving falsetto and a command of the political facts well exceeding that of Living With War, he’s turned out the first great protest album of the new dispensation.
  3. Fork in the Road is charmingly clunky, a side effect of its quick creation and Young's hard-headedness. Neil might be writing records as quickly as a blogger these days but musically he's stuck in the past, never letting go of his chunky Les Paul and candied folk harmonies.
  4. 60
    Nine of its 10 songs are around the three-minute mark and as solid and straightahead as the tank behind whose wheel they might've been written. [May 2009, p.98]
  5. The music saves this album from certain disaster--an idea that, at its root is perplexing at best, is executed in an even more clumsy and confusing way.
  6. When today transcends tomorrow, as on 1979's Rust Never Sleeps and Freedom a decade later, there's no stopping this "Old Man" whose '59 Lincoln Continental drives these latest headlines.
  7. The rough, grinding quality of the instrumentation fits with the intended immediacy of the project, but the songs themselves sound half-finished and half-considered.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7