Young, Neil & Crazy Horse / Americana
Album: Americana   Collection:General
Artist:Young, Neil & Crazy Horse   Added:Jun 2012
Label:Reprise Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2012-06-23 Pull Date: 2012-08-26
Week Ending: Aug 12 Aug 5 Jul 29 Jul 22 Jul 15 Jul 8 Jul 1
Airplays: 1 3 2 2 2 4 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 19, 2022: The Songsmith Show (rebroadcast from Jul 6, 2012)
God Save The Queen
4. Aug 03, 2012: In Your Ear | Friday Evening Edition
God Save The Queen, Wayfarin' Stranger
2. May 02, 2013: Daydream Disaster
Tom Dula
5. Aug 01, 2012: Summer Session
Oh Susannah
3. Aug 05, 2012: Street Hassle
High Flyin' Bird
6. Jul 30, 2012: Polar Similarities
God Save The Queen

Album Review
Reviewed 2012-06-21
The godfather of grunge’s first album with his legendary band Crazy Horse in 9 years contains no original songs; instead they crank out some intriguing rock arrangements of traditional tunes you’ve heard a million times before, e.g. “Oh Susannah” “This Land Is Your Land” etc. It seems Neil and the Horse are aiming at a sort of anti-nostalgia record, reinventing the ubiquitous melodies and trying to rediscover their forgotten meanings. Guthrie’s “This Land” is once again a protest song, and “Jesus’ Chariot (She’ll Be Comin’ Round The Mountain)” is a driving, bombastic rocker that pays homage to the tune’s slave spiritual roots. With loud overdriven guitars and (on some tracks) backing vocals from a children’s choir, Americana has a friendly, grungy sound that saves it from being a mere novelty record, and it will probably age better than Living With War did.
No FCCs, even toddlers can dig this.

1. (5:03) Midpaced plodding heavy rock, totally new melody for a familiar kindergarten song
2. (5:43) Slightly upbeat chugging, sentimental warbling vox from Young that begin to show his age; a loud bitter ballad that crescendos with some female ooh-ahhs.
3. (8:13)** An old Civil War murder ballad with Crazy Horse at their loosest, enthusiastic and impassioned solid rocker.
4. (4:15)* Stompin’ fun honky-tonk blues tune with searing guitars and sweet, lovely backing vox in the chorus.
5. (3:02) Strange, schlocky electric doo-wop with 'sha-na-na' hooks, quirky rockabilly shuffle about looking for a job
6. (6:47) Starts with a bit of lazy strumming and mumbling, then picks up into a toe-tappin’ loud country rock anthem
7. (5:30) Midpaced groove, sparse overdriven chords and somewhat forgettable hooks
8. (5:39)** “Comin’ Round the Mountain” with a new melody—rocks hard! Totally anthemic, like the best moments of “Living With War” or “Greendale”
9. (5:27) Guthrie’s “This Land” with some twangy but overdriven guitar leads. Simple, pleasant, familiar… whatever.
10. (3:08) Gentle acoustic folk song, based on the Burl Ives arrangement. Soothing and gorgeous.
11. (4:09) Huge stomping “God Save The Queen” …(I know, right??) with some American changes to the lyrics, loud guitars, big quasi-patriotic chorus, marching snare drum

Track Listing
1. Oh Susannah   6. Travel On
2. Clementine   7. High Flyin' Bird
3. Tom Dula   8. Jesus' Chariot
4. Gallows Pole   9. This Land Is Your Land
5. Get A Job   10. Wayfarin' Stranger
  11. God Save The Queen