CD Review: Neil Young – "Fork In The Road"
April 9, 2009
With America’s car industry leaking oil like a ’65 Corvair it’s no surprise that the lure of the automobile to capture both the spirit and imagination of Americans is on the wane.
Thankfully, Neil Young never really was one to care about conventional wisdom. On his latest album “Fork In The Road,” Young attempts to bridge the gap between America’s obsession with cars and his own obsession with environmental responsibility.
The songs on “Fork In The Road” were written while Young was on tour last year and recorded quickly thereafter. Inspired by his own project of transforming a 1959 Lincoln Convertible into an emissions and roadside-fueling-free automobile, the album feels like a joyride through the heart of America with the top down and the wind blowing through your hair.
Songs like “When Worlds Collide” and the title track “Fork In The Road” are what you would expect to hear coming out of a bar on Route 66 with the smell of beer and cigarettes wafting out of their neon-lit windows. “Fuel Line” is a marriage of Zeppelin’s “Black Dog” and “D’yer Maker” that’s been dragged to the altar by its fuzz pedal and covered in sludge.
True to its subject, “Fork In The Road” is at times a messy affair that may be in need of repair but when it’s running right will remind you of the joy you felt getting behind the wheel for the first time.