Neil Young seems to have lost momentum on Fork in the Road, said Miranda Sawyer in the London Observer. After suffering an aneurysm in 2005, the 63-year-old kept rocking and has delivered three albums since. His latest effort, however, shows his songwriting at a standstill. Young still tears into his raw, guttural garage-rock riffs on Fork in the Road—a record dedicated to his “Linc-Volt,” a 1959 Lincoln Continental that he’s making into a hybrid electric car—but the songs themselves never move past “first gear.”
Like 2006’s Living With War, this album’s “less about aesthetic craft than about spitting out what needs to be said this minute,” said Will Hermes in Rolling Stone. Young has long treated the concert stage as a political platform, and here he rants about big banks (“Cough Up the Bucks”), government betrayal (“Fork in the Road”), and alternative energy (“Fuel Line”). Even when the songs sound half-finished, Young’s efforts are wholehearted.
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