Fork in the Road

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Fork in the Road
Studio album by Neil Young
Released April 7, 2009 (2009-04-07)
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre Rock, folk rock
Length 38:46
Label Reprise
Producer "The Volume Dealers" (Neil Young and Niko Bolas)
Neil Young chronology
Sugar Mountain – Live at Canterbury House 1968
(2008)
Fork in the Road
(2009)
The Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Blender 4/5 stars [2]
musicOMH 4/5 stars [3]
Robert Christgau 4/5 stars [4]
The Guardian 2/5 stars [5]
PopMatters 4/10 stars [6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [7]
The Dwarf 3/5 stars [8]
The Times 1/5 stars [9]
Uncut 4/5 stars [10]
Stereo Subversion 3.5/5 stars [11]

Fork in the Road is the thirtieth studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released April 7, 2009, on Reprise Records.[12] The album was released on vinyl on July 26, 2009.

The album was inspired by Young's Lincoln Continental that had been retooled to run entirely on alternative energy, and Young's background with the Lincvolt project he has been working on alongside mechanic Jonathan Goodwin. The project has been to develop a viable electric energy power system for automobiles. Young's own 1959 Lincoln Continental will serve as their completed prototype.

A documentary produced by Larry Johnson will follow this electric car in its first long-distance trip to Washington, DC.

In November 2010 the car started a fire which caused over a million dollars of damage to a warehouse and possessions of Young stored there. Young blamed the fire on human error and said he and his team were committed to rebuilding the car. "The wall charging system was not completely tested and had never been left unattended. A mistake was made. It was not the fault of the car", he said.

Young's vocal performance on "Fork in the Road" was nominated for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance at the 52nd Grammy Awards, 2010.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Neil Young

  1. "When Worlds Collide" - 4:14
  2. "Fuel Line" - 3:11
  3. "Just Singing a Song" - 3:31
  4. "Johnny Magic" - 4:18
  5. "Cough Up the Bucks" - 4:38
  6. "Get Behind the Wheel" - 3:08
  7. "Off the Road" - 3:22
  8. "Hit the Road" - 3:36
  9. "Light a Candle" - 3:01
  10. "Fork in the Road" - 5:47

Musicians and production[edit]

Produced by "The Volume Dealers" (Neil Young and Niko Bolas)
Recorded and mixed by Niko Bolas

  • Neil Young: electric and acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Ben Keith: lap steel guitar, electric guitar, Hammond B-3 organ, vocals
  • Anthony Crawford : electric and acoustic guitar, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, vocals
  • Pegi Young: vibes, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Rick Rosas: bass
  • Chad Cromwell: drums

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009)[14] Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart 45
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 13
French Albums Chart 31
Finnish Albums Chart[15] 18
Denmark Albums Chart 15
Dutch Albums Chart 23
German Albums Chart 17
Ireland Albums Chart 18
New Zealand Albums Chart[16] 38
Norway Albums Chart 1
Spanish Albums Chart 48
Italy Albums Chart 36
Swedish Albums Chart 11
Swiss Albums Chart 65
US Billboard 200 19
UK Albums Chart 22

Sales[edit]

The album sold 28,000 copies its first week of release in the United States.

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