9.20.2009

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Fork In The Road, Neil Young :: *(3.0/5.0)
Fork In The RoadThe thing I love about Neil Young, is his guitar tone. The sound is just so gritty and fuzzy. It's one of my holy grail tones — Something that I NEED to find for myself on my Guitar Playing Quest...

Another concept/themed album — this one about his car. The Linc-Volt Project. Transforming an old Lincoln into a bio-diesel/electric.

Interesting? Not really... But novel. Not really an album where you're going to pour over the lyrics. But I find the statement he's making much more interesting than the actual words he's singing. Environmental concern. Activist initiative. DIY empowerment. Rejection of rampant capitalist big business blood-suckers...

But really, what goes with Rock 'n Roll better than cars? And who does Rock 'n Roll better than Neil Young?

But stretching the car theme over an entire album tired me out a little bit. Not a favorite album of mine, but I'll probably put it on if I'm in a quirky mood.

The album starts off pretty strong, but then loses its groove a little — lets off the gas a bit and puts on the cruise control...

Seems that's a common affliction with albums recently. Front-loading too much. Maybe because there's not enough "A Material" to span the length of the album?

Favorite Tracks: "When Worlds Collide", "Fuel Line", "Light A Candle", "Fork In The Road", and "Off The Road"...

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