Album review: Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana
The sometimes furiously productive legend lands us with an album of covers from America’s folk-rock archives, with varying results.
As its names suggests, the first album in almost nine years from Neil Young and his backing band mines the rich and varied history of American folk.
Naturally they opt for rockier interpretations of the everyman tales, which are mostly rooted in the mid to late 1800s.
Oh Susanna sees the band launching into the album with reassuring clatter and a band-of-rogues feel, Young’s wobbly nasal twang lending a ramshackle edge.
The Silhouettes’ Get A Job would be depressingly relevant were it not for its jaunty doo-wop delivery, and the warm country-rock of Travel On and heavy, ominous tone of High Flyin’ Bird are all highlights.
You may also want to watch:
But it’s not all top-class. Clementine chugs away and murder ballad Tom Dula vastly outstays its welcome at over eight minutes long, making the equally cheerful Gallows Pole that follows feel peversely chipper.
The wholly unnecessary God Save The Queen is a jarring sign-off, too, harking back to the early colonial days.
- 1 Former election candidate convicted of having a knife in public
- 2 Letter: 'Highbury Corner is unsafe and unhealthy for pedestrians'
- 3 Green Lanes gang members guilty of killing which sparked tit-for-tat shooting
- 4 Jailed: Man who nearly killed woman in ‘random’ Islington attack
- 5 Islington Council caretaker charged with rape and aggravated burglary
- 6 Hundreds arrested after police crackdown on county lines
- 7 Call for action after scooter filmed riding on Islington pavement
- 8 Jeremy Corbyn on the fuel poverty crisis
- 9 Islington Council to press ahead with people friendly streets - despite disabled pleas
- 10 Guilty: MP Claudia Webbe harassed her partner's female friend, magistrate rules