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CD Review: Neil Young's Fork in the Road



The Deal: Neil Young releases new album inspired by his LincVolt project and as a response to challenges in the world.

The Good: Fans of cars should love this album – just about every lyric on the album is about cars, fueling and everything in between. The subject of the CD, the LincVolt, is a 1959 Lincoln Continental that Young has converted into a hybrid vehicle that gets 100 miles per gallon. Sure, it's music with a message that is aiming to make people more environmentally aware, but it's also a Neil Young album – expect some good guitar riffs and Shakey's usual falsetto and gritty vocals. His signature sound rises to the top of the froth during the solo on "Just Singing a Song." A CD/DVD version of the album is available that contains four videos for songs on the album and three concert videos. There's a good mixture in styles here, from the upbeat title track to slower tunes ("Off the Road"), and you even get a hint of the acoustic side of Young on "Light a Candle."

The Bad: There's just something cheesy about the chorus of "Fuel Line" that keeps repeating, "Fill 'er up." I appreciate the effort and thought of an album that can surround one subject, but it does get a bit tedious about halfway through – "Yeah, I get it. It's about a car." You begin to crave a different subject after a while. In some ways it feels like Young had a bunch of music laying around and he threw the lyrics together in an afternoon in an effort to get more publicity for the LincVolt project.

The Verdict: It's not his best album, by far, but, overall, it's an entertaining listen.

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