Neil Young has announced that he will world premiere his new album Fork In The Road on MySpace Music. Beginning today, fans can stream the album in its entirety for free by going to Neil Young’s MySpace profile page. Fork In The Road will be released commercially by Reprise records on April 7.
Fork In The Road is a new series of songs inspired both by the world economic and climate change crises, as well as by Neil Young’s well-documented obsession with cars — specifically the LincVolt, a 1959 model Lincoln that Young has restored and converted into an electrically powered hybrid. Many of the songs were first performed live during Young’s world tour last year.
Songs like first single “Cough Up The Bucks” and the title track reflect Young’s obsessions both lyrically, and in the raw garage-rock sound of the music itself. The sound of the album has been compared to Living With War, Neil Young’s infamous anti-Bush themed “folk metal protest” album from 2006.
In other Neil Young news, the artist’s decades in the making anthology set Archives Volume I – 1963-1972 has been given the green light by Young for a June 2nd release. The oft-delayed project is really coming out this time, according to insiders. “It’s at the factory right now,” co-producer Larry Johnson recently told Rolling Stone. The career-spanning ten-disc multimedia package will be available in three versions: Blu-ray (approximately $300.), DVD ($200.), and CD ($100.).
Over a decades long career, Neil Young has both defined musical parameters, and defied them, switching gears often between the electric assault of albums like Ragged Glory and Arc/Weld, and the more laid-back mellow groove of Harvest Moon and Prairie Wind. In between he has also experimented with genres ranging from country (Old Ways) to rockabilly (Everybody’s Rockin’) to blues (This Notes For You). Five decades later, Neil Young remains as vital an artist as ever.
You can stream the new album Fork In The Road right now by going to Neil Young’s MySpace page.