Nine years on from Greendale, I’m excited at the prospect of a new Neil Young & Crazy Horse album scheduled for release on June 5th 2012 even though the track listing looks very weird.
It’s entitled Americana and consists solely of cover versions, mainly of old folk tunes that are so familiar that are usually regarded with contempt.
Songs like Oh Susanna,Tom Dula, Clementine and She’ll Be Comin’ Round The Mountain’ which as been renamed Jesus’ Chariot.
The video for the latter – with images from D.W Griffith’s Birth Of A Nation – makes it clear that these hippy punks haven’t gone soft in their old age.
I’m not too sure how a cover of God Save The Queen fits in (the national anthem, not the one by the Sex Pistols!) but I’m sure Mr Young and crew (namely Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina and Poncho Sampedro) know what they’re doing.
A good sign is that it gets the thumbs up in a review by the discerning David Keenan in this months The Wire who say that it “features some of the rudest fuzztome to make its way onto a major label in years”. Can’t wait to hear it all.