Americana (Neil Young & Crazy Horse album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 5, 2012
GenreRock, hard rock, country rock, folk rock, Americana
ProducerNeil Young, John Hanlon, Mark Humphreys
Neil Young chronology
A Treasure
Psychedelic Pill
Crazy Horse chronology
Live at the Fillmore East
Psychedelic Pill

Americana is the 31st studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released on June 5, 2012.[1] The album was Young's first collaboration with backing band Crazy Horse since their 2003 album, Greendale, and its associated tour.[2]


American Songwriter quoted Young as having said the following regarding the tone and intent of the album:

Every one of these songs [on Americana] has verses that have been ignored. And those are the key verses, those are the things that make these songs live. They’re a little heavy for kindergarteners to be singing. The originals are much darker, there’s more protest in them — the other verses in "This Land Is Your Land" are very timely, or in "Clementine," the verses are so dark. Almost every one has to do with people getting killed, with life-or-death struggles. You don’t hear much about that; they’ve been made into something much more light. So I moved them away from that gentler interpretation. With new melodies and arrangements, we could use the folk process to invoke the original meanings for this generation."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[4]
Robert ChristgauA[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA–[6]
The Guardian3/5 stars[7]
The Observer5/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork Media6.1/10[10]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine2/5 stars[12]

Americana received strongly polarized reviews from music critics. It holds an average score of 68 out of 100 at Metacritic, based on 31 reviews.[14] Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune gave the album three-and-a-half out of four stars, writing that "Americana reveals the hard truth inside songs that have been taken for granted."[15] Dan Forte, in Vintage Guitar, said "this may be his best since Rust [Never Sleeps]."[16] Johnny Dee in his review for the magazine Classic Rock remarks how "Young has picked every song apart, reworked melody and lyrics and made them his own", making them better for it.[17]

In a mixed review, Michael Hann of The Guardian found the album "impossibly pointless" and felt that some songs exhibit "sloppiness" and "unnecessary lengths".[7] NME reviewer considers the album "largely comprised of sub-standard covers of folk songs."[8]

Robert Christgau named Americana the best album of 2012 in his year-end list for The Barnes & Noble Review.[18]

Track listing[edit]

1."Oh Susannah"Stephen Collins Foster; arrangement: Tim Rose5:03
2."Clementine"Traditional; arrangement: Young5:42
3."Tom Dula"Traditional; arrangement: Young8:13
4."Gallows Pole"Traditional; arrangement: Odetta Felious Gordon4:15
5."Get a Job"Richard Lows, Earl Beal, Raymond Edwards, William Horton3:01
6."Travel On"Traditional; arrangement: Paul Clayton, Larry Ehrlich, David Lazar, Tom Six6:47
7."High Flyin' Bird"Billy Edd Wheeler5:30
8."Jesus' Chariot (She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain)"Traditional; arrangement: Young5:38
9."This Land Is Your Land"Woody Guthrie5:26
10."Wayfarin’ Stranger"Traditional; arrangement: Burl Ives3:07
11."God Save the Queen"Thomas Augustine Arne; medley arrangement: Young4:08


Crazy Horse
Additional personnel
  • Dan Greco – orchestral cymbals, tambourine
  • Americana Choir – vocals
  • Pegi Young – vocals on "This Land is Your Land"
  • Stephen Stills – vocals on "This Land is Your Land"


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Canadian Albums Chart[19] 2
U.S. Billboard 200 4
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
Canadian Albums Chart 42[20]
US Billboard 200 182[20]
US Rock Albums Chart 52[20]


  1. ^ Andy Greene (19 March 2012). "Neil Young And Crazy Horse to Release New Album 'Americana' on June 5th". Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  2. ^ Tomas Franta (23 January 2012). "Neil Young se na novém albu znovu spojí s Crazy Horse". Archived from the original on 2013-01-09. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Great Quotations: Neil Young". Great Quotations: Neil Young. American Songwriter. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Americana – Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Neil Young With Crazy Horse/Rhett Miller". Expert Witness. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  6. ^ Anderson, Kyle (June 15, 2012). "Americana review - Neil Young & Crazy Horse Review". Entertainment Weekly. No. 1211. New York. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Michael Hann (31 May 2012). "Neil Young: Americana - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
  8. ^ a b Howard, Tom (June 1, 2012). "Neil Young & Crazy Horse - 'Americana'". NME. London. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  9. ^ Woodcraft, Molloy (June 2, 2012). "Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Americana – review". The Observer. London. The New Review section, p. 30. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  10. ^ Berman, Stuart (June 1, 2012). "Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Americana". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  11. ^ Rob Sheffield (2012-07-05). "Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Americana, Reprise". Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  12. ^ Cataldo, Jesse (June 3, 2012). "Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Americana". Slant Magazine. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  13. ^ Bevan, David (June 7, 2012). "Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 'Americana' (Reprise)". Spin. New York. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  14. ^ "Americana by Neil Young & Crazy Horse Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  15. ^ Kot, Michael. "Album review: Neil Young and Crazy Horse, 'Americana'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  16. ^ Forte, Dan (September 2012). "Rev. of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Americana". Vintage Guitar. p. 120.
  17. ^ Dee, Johnny (July 2012). "Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana". Classic Rock. No. 172. p. 100.
  18. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 14, 2013). "The Dean's List 2012". The Barnes & Noble Review. Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  19. ^ Canoe inc. (2012-06-20). "CANOE - JAM! Rush: Rush's 'Angels' flies up the charts". Archived from the original on 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  20. ^ a b c "Listings". Archived from the original on March 13, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2013.

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