I kinda agree with the other comments, this is not a great album, but it rocks out enough that I enjoyed listening to it, sort of. It certainly is more musical than his latest solo recording Peace Trail from 2016, which I was hoping would be better, but it turned out to be a bore.
Neil has made music with Crazy Horse since 1969's "Everybody knows this is no where",and the pattern I see is if he's killing it with Crazy horse his solo work at the time is mediocre at best, and if he puts out killer solo work his stuff with Crazy Horse suffers. But he needs these guys to keep his creative juices flowing and his blood boiling,if not he becomes 'olde shaky'.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.... But then it's new material from Crazy horse appearantly. It's hard to tell from the 39 cent cover.
At an art exhibit we attended, in the middle of one room was a stack of posters with the caption, "What would Neil Young do?" Not sure, but most of us just picked up a couple and took them home. Perhaps the subtitle of his new CD, Americana, should be, "What was Neil Young thinking?" One or two reworkings of the melodies of American folk songs would be interesting, but a whole album??? I guess, at least he saved himself the trouble of writing lyrics. I tend to prefer the rockin' out Young to the sometimes whiny, introspective Young, and I was looking forward to the artist again backed by Crazy Horse. I recommend Ragged Glory.
It's great to hear Crazy Horse backing up Neil again. Say what you want about this band -- that they're rhythmically reckless, unschooled, sometimes leaden -- but they understand how to make a joyful noise. This is a really good album, although some purists may not like the fact that Young and the Horse sometimes abandon the songs' traditional melodies.
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