Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Americana

Last updated 12:04 21/06/2012

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Neil Young always seems to find an extra gear when he's with Crazy Horse, and Americana – their first album together since the 2003 rock opera Greendale – ranks among their best work.

The songs are traditional, but the searing guitar solos and raucous harmonies give them extra spark.

Oh Susannah and Clementine are given new melodies and sound great, while Jesus' Chariot (She'll Be Comin' Around the Mountain in disguise) is another juggernaut.

Tom Dula (aka Dooley) rambles on a bit too long, but the boys are soon back into their stride with a rollicking Gallows Pole, High Flyin' Bird and This Land Is Your Land.

Two interesting choices are the rock 'n' roll classic Get A Job and God Save the Queen (with reference to its reinvention as My Country, 'Tis of Thee).

Best tracks: Clementine, Travel On Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs from Everyman, Nelson.

  • Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs from Everyman, Nelson

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