Americana is, finally, Neil Young’s best and most complete record since 1994’s Sleeps With Angels.
Hard-charging, insistently keeping the beats, this is traditional American music set on stun.
Equal parts stopgap, warm-up, and crusty homage, Americana doesn’t take its subject matter, or itself, too seriously.
On Americana, Young is constantly sculpting and shaping the material at hand, creating and manipulating meaning whenever possible.
In Young's hands, the most totemic songs in pop history become more flawed and, as a result, more down to Earth.
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