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Americana

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Americana

His 34th studio recording, reunited with Crazy Horse for a collection of vintage American folk songs

ADM rating[?]

6.1

Label
Warner
UK Release date
04/06/2012
US Release date
05/06/2012
  1. 10.0 |   The Observer

    That closing number God Save the Queen ends tellingly with My Country, 'Tis of Thee's line "Let freedom ring!" would suggest the record's release at the jubilee is mere happy coincidence…
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  2. 9.0 |   Pop Matters

    Equal parts Nick Cave’s Murder Ballads and Bob Dylan’s World Gone Wrong, this is Neil Young’s blissful evocation of a past that nevertheless haunts him, haunts us still. Americana, indeed
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  3. 8.8 |   Paste Magazine

    Two worlds collide, then songs long forgotten get a shocking jolt of groove, jab, undulation and—yes—reverb
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    What they do with these songs, and others such as This Land Is Your Land (with all the rarely heard activist verses), makes this notable
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Most surprising is how relevant some of these songs still sound
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  6. 7.8 |   The AU Review

    Overall Americana is an entertaining record, which features some great interpretations of old classics
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  7. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Potent, corrosive, and sometimes frustratingly playful, Americana proves the old adage that great artists can sing the phone book—or just tear the fucker in half
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  8. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    There's an undeniable WTF factor in hearing these Cub Scout singalong ditties drowned in guitar feedback and off-key yelling. But that's the goofball charm
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  9. 7.0 |   Uncut

    The loosest group in rock reunite with Young for this dark, raw and thrilling slice of electric folk
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  10. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    These compositions date as recently as the '50s and as far back as the 1800s, and Young transforms them, recapturing their power for a new age
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  11. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Americana’s greatest achievement lies in how effortlessly these early American songs become Young’s own
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  12. 7.0 |   Spin

    Shakey and the Horse ride again, rumble through a set of folk standards like wild and crazy kids
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  13. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    The sludgy sound and the reunion make for an ambitious album
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  14. 6.1 |   Pitchfork

    What you see is what you you get: old-timey tunes subjected to Crazy Horse's desecrating grungy grind. And given the over-familiarity and brevity of the source material, it's a novelty that wears itself out quickly
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  15. 6.0 |   Q

    American folk songs excavated - with a bulldozer. Print edition only

  16. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    It sounds great – there's space between all the instruments, with none of the compression that blights many albums today. It also feels almost impossibly pointless
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  17. 6.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    Ever since he recorded Southern Man 40-odd years ago, the grizzled Canadian rock war horse has never been a favourite south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and his rousing reinvention of Oh Susannah is unlikely to mend those fences
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  18. 6.0 |   Tone Deaf

    A weaving history lesson, as taught by one of the great exponents of the art of songwriting, promises interpretations of interest but falls well short of anything great
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  19. 6.0 |   Blurt

    Fire up the electric guitars, pound those drums, and swirl in the no-one-but-Neil-Young voice and you have rock versions of classic folks songs
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  20. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Given some of the misgivings many had about this record when the details were first announced, only two serious missteps is pretty good going
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  21. 5.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Not everything Young does needs to be a grand statement – lord knows he’s earned the right to that freedom – but Americana is stuck between worlds and doesn’t really belong in either
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  22. 5.0 |   NME

    It's nowhere near Johnny Cash/Rick Rubin standards
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  23. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Even the novelty of hearing Young singing 'God Save the Queen' doesn't make the tune any more interesting
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  24. 4.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Because it inflates rather than modulates, Americana's approach is entirely wrongheaded; a six-minute, guitar solo-scarred version of "Coming Round the Mountain" is about as painfully baffling as it sounds
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  25. 4.0 |   The Scotsman

    Fans of Young’s burnished but indulgent guitar style may be able to salvage something from the lumpen, ragged results, recorded with all the finesse of a muddy demo
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  26. 4.0 |   BBC

    Although Americana doesn't quite plumb the depths of, say, Everybody's Rockin' or Re-ac-tor, it's almost certainly destined to be regarded as a footnote in his canon
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  27. 4.0 |   The Independent

    Though drab and overlong, it has a certain rugged, whiskery charm
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  28. 4.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    It is cursory, lumpen and dull
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  29. 4.0 |   Mojo

    It's curious that Americana packs songs that don't fit its brief. Print edition only

  30. 4.0 |   State

    It sounds like it was a lot of fun to make, even if it doesn’t bear repeated listenings. You probably had to be there
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  31. 4.0 |   All Music

    Crazy Horse do, as Young asserted they would, make these songs their own, but by doing so, they've made them so nobody else would ever want them
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