Neil Young Plans Bizarre Concept Album
Published Jan 20, 2009Though he's had some wild ideas in his career, Neil Young is currently preparing a new album titled Fork In The Road, which will quite possibly be "a concept album about eco-friendly cars," according to The Village Voice.
An article in The Guardian points to some fan reactions to the new work, with quotes like, "Would a record company actually listen to this garbage and then agree to release it? At some point, they're going to have to take a stand - right? I'm actually rooting for the record company here," coming from Young fans themselves. Needless to say, it's destined to fit right in there with Trans, Everybody's Rockin' and Landing on Water.
A great deal of the uproar is coming from the release of the album's title track via a viral video that shows Young lip-syncing the words while wearing earbuds plugged into a real apple. Get it? The video also ends with some embarrassing air guitar. It doesn't help that the song is just awful, with lines like, "Got a pot belly/It's not too big/Gets in my way/When I'm driving my rig," and "Keep on bloggin'/'Til the power goes out/Your battery's dead/Twist and shout." It's the sort of material that makes you reconsider the artistic merit of This Note's For You.
Another reason fans are pissed is the simple fact that this album will further delay the long-promised Archives series that Young was supposed to release in February. The massive volume of material, slated to arrive on ten Blu-Ray discs and collect Young's earliest, rarest solo work, will be shelved even longer to make way for this audio turd. While no release date has been solidified, a rep has confirmed that the album will be out this spring.
Neil Young "Fork in the Road" (viral video)