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CD Review: Neil Young - Fork In The Road

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“She looks so beautiful with her top down / Let’s hop inside and take a ride to town.”

“The awesome power of electricity / Stored for you in a giant battery!”

“Her engines running and her fuel is clean / She only uses it cause she’s a machine.”

“Got a pot belly, it’s not too big/ Gets in my way, when I’m driving my rig.”

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OK, so, Fork In The Road, Neil Young’s latest album, may not be his finest moment of impressionistic poetry. But it is nothing if not sincere.

Clearly the green car is a cause near and dear to Young’s heart: way back in 2003 he was running his entire tour fleet on bio-diesel, filling up his tank via the used oil vats at fried chicken stands along the way. Now, he’s converted a 1959 Lincoln Continental into the electric hybrid “LincVolt” and set up a blog site to track the car’s activities. While an engine powered solely on granola farts remains elusive, you have it to hand to him for walking it like he talks it - as he points out on the album’s third song, “Just singing a song won’t change the world.”