Neil Young's latest record comes out tomorrow, and - not surprisingly - it's a little left of centre.
Americana is a collection of U.S. folk songs that breathes new life into some battered banjo chords. This will be Young's 34th studio album, and the first he has recorded with Crazy Horse in nine years. We think that in itself deserves a round of applause.
The tracks could be classified as covers, but as most of these ballads were written around 200 years ago and have been passed down around high school campfires and long road trips, Young & Co reinvent them by infusing their melodies with a traditional yet original hue. Including classics like "Clementine" and "Get A Job", the album is a mish-mash of old-world culture with a brand new Gretsch guitar thrown in for good measure. The ballads carry the same sense of universal value of freedom Young sung about in the '70s, and many cultural concerns that still ring true today.