Americana Yes, his blood runs Canadian. But has anybody better embodied the spirit of classic American rock & roll than Neil Young? Americana is a flashback… Americana Yes, his blood runs Canadian. But has anybody better embodied the spirit of classic American rock & roll than Neil Young? Americana is a flashback… 2012-06-05 Neil Young & Crazy Horse Rock Reprise
Music Review

Americana (2012)

HORSING AROUND In his 34th album, Young reunites with Crazy Horse for campfire tunes and folk music
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HORSING AROUND In his 34th album, Young reunites with Crazy Horse for campfire tunes and folk music
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 05, 2012; Lead Performance: Neil Young & Crazy Horse; Genre: Rock; Production: Reprise

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 Jun 06, 2012 Published in issue #1211 Jun 15, 2012 Order article reprints
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