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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It somehow is fitting that Fork in the Road arrived in stores a week after President Barack Obama announced his bail-out plan for the American automobile industry: it's Neil Young's one-man campaign to remind everybody what cars used to mean and what they should be again. Neil always has had a soft spot for cars -- he drove a hearse from Toronto to Los Angeles, immortalizing the vehicle in "Long May You Run" -- so this album-length motor manifesto couldn't be called unexpected, nor could its palpable, ever-flowing undercurrent of nostalgia be a surprise for a man who owns a toy train company. Plus, romanticizing the classic years of Detroit is natural; those big...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It somehow is fitting that Fork in the Road arrived in stores a week after President Barack Obama announced his bail-out plan for the American automobile industry: it's Neil Young's one-man campaign to remind everybody what cars used to mean and what they should be again. Neil always has had a soft spot for cars -- he drove a hearse from Toronto to Los Angeles, immortalizing the vehicle in "Long May You Run" -- so this album-length motor manifesto couldn't be called unexpected, nor could its palpable, ever-flowing undercurrent of nostalgia be a surprise for a man who owns a toy train company. Plus, romanticizing the classic years of Detroit is natural; those big boats were gorgeous, so unlike the colorless, characterless sedans that rule the road these days. Neil knows this and knows that dependence on oil is crippling the culture, not to mention the environment, and is enough of an evangelist to cobble together his own green machine, putting an electric engine in a 1959 Lincoln Continental, driving the car to Washington and writing a whole album about the vehicle and its downtrodden times. Fittingly, Fork in the Road is like his Lincvolt: it has a new engine in an old body, so it has all of the classic contours but runs a little differently. The Lincvolt might be smooth and efficient, but Fork in the Road is charmingly clunky, a side effect of its quick creation and Young's hard-headedness. Neil might be writing records as quickly as a blogger these days but musically he's stuck in the past, never letting go of his chunky Les Paul and candied folk harmonies, embracing his status as an old crank so enthusiastically he happily presents himself as a crazy old coot on the album's cover. At times, he certainly does sound like the resident codger, snarling about the fading economy and how everybody's been downsized, good naturedly sneering "big rock star/my sales have tanked/I still got you/thanks" on the title track. Despite the undercurrent of auto nostalgia here, Young isn't living in the past and he's keenly aware of the present. This blend of dreamy thoughts of yesteryear, spitting fury over the present, and planning for the future gives Fork in the Road a bit of a kick that propels it through a few songs that aren't much more than a garage groove, but the whole thing benefits from its messiness; the loose ends make it feel alive. [A CD/DVD version was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624978725
  • Catalog Number: 518041

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When Worlds Collide (4:13)
  2. 2 Fuel Line (3:11)
  3. 3 Just Singing a Song (3:31)
  4. 4 Johnny Magic (4:17)
  5. 5 Cough Up the Bucks (4:37)
  6. 6 Get Behind the Wheel (3:08)
  7. 7 Off the Road (3:21)
  8. 8 Hit the Road (3:36)
  9. 9 Light a Candle (3:00)
  10. 10 Fork in the Road (5:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 When Worlds Collide
  2. 2 Fuel Line
  3. 3 Just Singing a Song
  4. 4 Johnny Magic
  5. 5 Cough Up the Bucks
  6. 6 Get Behind the Wheel
  7. 7 Off the Road
  8. 8 Hit the Road
  9. 9 Light a Candle
  10. 10 Fork in the Road
  11. 11 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Young Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Ben Keith Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Anthony Crawford Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals
Chad Cromwell Drums
Rick Rosas Bass
Pegi Young Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Vibes
Technical Credits
Neil Young Composer, Producer
Niko Bolas Producer, Engineer
Gary Burden Art Direction
Larry Cragg Guitar Techician
Richard Dodd Digital Editing, Mastering
L.A. Johnson Video Producer
Elliot Roberts Direction
Bernard Shakey Video Director
Jenice Heo Art Direction
Richard Woodcraft Engineer
Don McAulay Drum Technician
Toshi Onuki Video Editor
Missy Webb Engineer
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