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Americana

AmericanaYes, his blood runs Canadian. But has anybody better embodied the spirit of ?classic American rock ?& roll than Neil Young? Americana is...AmericanaRockYes, his blood runs Canadian. But has anybody better embodied the spirit of ?classic American rock ?& roll than Neil Young? Americana is...2012-06-06
HORSING AROUND In his 34th album, Young reunites with Crazy Horse for campfire tunes and folk music

HORSING AROUND In his 34th album, Young reunites with Crazy Horse for campfire tunes and folk music (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

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Americana

Genre: Rock; Status: In Season

Yes, his blood runs Canadian. But has anybody better embodied the spirit of ?classic American rock ?& roll than Neil Young? Americana is a flashback in more ways than one: Not only does it reconvene Young’s proto-grunge backing band Crazy Horse ?for the first time since 1996, but it also consists of reworkings of Dust Bowl-era folk tunes. Young clearly loves jamming with his favorite fuzzmongers again — there’s an unbridled glee that oozes between the blistering solos on sneering, sideways renditions of campfire sing-alongs like ”Oh Susanna” and ”This Land Is Your Land.” Even on the 66-year-old’s 34th album, Young still has fire in his belly and fun in his fingers. A?

Best Tracks:
Snarling Gallows Pole
Jaunty Travel On

Originally posted June 6 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT

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