Fork In The Road (CD + DVD) CD (2009)

Artist: Neil Young

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Product Overview


Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 210809330
UPC 093624978725
UPC 14 00093624978725
Format CD
Release Date 4/7/2009
Author Neil Young
Associated Artist/Work Buffalo Springfield
Associated Artist/Work Crazy Horse
Associated Artist/Work Crosby, David
Associated Artist/Work Neil Young & The International
Associated Artist/Work Neil Young and Bluenote Cafe
Associated Artist/Work Nelson, Lukas
Associated Artist/Work On, Pickin'
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Pickin' On
Associated Artist/Work Promise of the Real
Associated Artist/Work Stills, Stephen
Technical Info
Engineer Missy Webb; Niko Bolas; Richard Woodcraft
Producer Neil Young; Niko Bolas
CatalogID 9362497872
Lable Name Reprise
Released 04/06/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 38m : 40s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624978725
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Neil Young (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Anthony Crawford (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano); Pegi Young (vocals, acoustic guitar, vibraphone); Ben Keith (vocals, electric guitar, lap steel guitar); Chad Cromwell (drums).
Audio Mixer: Niko Bolas.
Recording information: Legacy Studios, New York, NY; Rak Studios, London, England.
Photographer: L.A. Johnson.
In the continuing series of offroading jags that is Neil Young's career discography, the '00s stand out as a time when Young became a songwriter almost wholly without metaphor, when he--like a retooled Phil Ochs--mastered the topical song. Following previous '00s efforts like the 9/11-themed LET'S ROLL and the Iraq War-centric LIVING WITH WAR, FORK IN THE ROAD casts him as the musical propaganda wing for the Lincvolt project, a partnership between Young and the "Motorhead Messiah" Jonathan Goodwin, a Kansas man who got a converted Lincoln Continental to go 65 m.p.h. on 100 m.p.g.
The message drives the music: each of the 10 tracks is about repowering the American dream of fast cars and open highways with a fossil fuel-free energy source. "Johnny Magic," a bracing anthem recalling ZUMA's "Barstool Blues," lauds Goodwin as the ecological answer to Johnny B. Goode. "Fuel Line" and "Cough Up the Bucks" fuse grunge and funk, while "Hit the Road" depicts rush hour motorists "trying to find the energy to stay in the groove." Among the crunching Les Paul chords (which sound like a revving engine), the album's two ballads--the organ-draped "Off the Road" and the minor-key "Light a Candle" framed by elegiac pedal-steel--stand-out as welcome oases. Another highlight is the closing title track, which features a loose and funny Neil Young grumbling about the poor sound of mp3s, governmental bailouts, and financial analysts on television.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.70) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "This is mostly raw, chop-shop rock & roll, so auto metaphors fit right in."
Spin (p.101) - "[T]he new rushed-and-blasted 'Johnny Magic' shared DNA with post-hippie strumfest 'Sugar Mountain': It's an ode to innocence lost by an epic talent..."
Billboard (p.37) - "Lately, Young is obsessed with developing alternative fuels, and that's evident all over the album, most prominently in the snarky highlight 'Fuel Line'....Young is inspired throughout."
Blender (Magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he material verges on the extraordinary....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."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "With the penultimate 'Light A Candle' Young implores us to remember that today's actions have bearing on not only our futures, but future generations."
Uncut (magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] brief, bracing, at times very funny garage-rock blast....This is not florid essay, but rather angry editorial banged out on a tight deadline..."
Disc 1
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
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