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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  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
  1. SamA
    Apr 8, 2009
    10
    Another brilliant album from the Godfather of Grunge.
  2. AdamG
    Apr 10, 2009
    9
    "Just Singing a Song" and "Light a Candle" are timeless Neil tracks. (Yes, the chorus for "Just Singing a Song" borrows a bit from "Love and Only Love," but it still has a lot of charm.) I agree with Rolling Stones' comments ("funny, messy, crazy"), but not their rating. It's a loveable mish-mash that mgiht take a while to grow on you, but give it some time and it will. Expand
  3. OldFogey
    Jan 21, 2010
    9
    Messy, funny, crazy? Yup. I was surprised at how good it is. Mr. Young can be hit or miss. But it is also very good and very listenable. Good one to play while driving down the road. Expand
  4. MarkS
    Apr 10, 2009
    8
    Young manages to get in a few political jabs as on the Jimmy Reed inspired shuffle and title song as he rambles
  5. mickeym
    Apr 8, 2009
    5
    Mediocrity defined.
  6. SalM
    Apr 8, 2009
    3
    Why can't old entertainers simply stick to entertaining? I don't give a shit what Neil's political, economic, environmental, or sexual views are. If you insist on hanging on so damn long, rehash your old emotional feelings of love, longing, desperation, sorrow, etc. If you can't do that, then drift off into instrumental songs, or simply drift off. Expand
  7. VaughnA
    May 27, 2009
    2
    Another disposable Neil Young record. I have an idea, let's cancel Neil's Newsweek subscription and see if he's capable of writing an album worthy of himself. Turn inward again Neil 'cause all you're doing is preachin' to the choir and putting them to sleep. Expand