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The next Neil Young album



Neil Young’s upcoming release will be a concept album titled “Fork in the Road” about eco-friendly cars, or as The Guardian snidely put it “exploring three things--- dirty blues, direct lyrics, and his LincVolt electric car project.” Song titles include "Cough Up the Bucks", "Fuel Line", "Hit the Road", and "Get Around". Audiences are already labeling him crazy (the Guardian article was comically headlined “Neil Young fans upset that he is releasing a new album,”) but it will no doubt have music listeners looking for LincVolt.

The project is named after Young’s 1959 Lincoln Continental Mark IV which was converted to a plug-in hybrid and additionally runs on biodiesel. "By drawing on entrepreneurial companies' advanced technology and good old American ingenuity, we intend to transform one of the largest and heaviest gas guzzling vehicles of our generation into a highly energy efficient vehicle, and demonstrate to the American public that we can re-power the American dream by demanding environmentally-friendly vehicles now", said Young. At 19-feet long and two tons, his car used to get 10 miles per gallon, now it’s at 100. Also, he plans to film a documentary about the endeavor.

We’re excited about that and hope others have the capability of greening classic car engines. But for the music (and hilarious video consequently overshadowing any message)…well, in a too often repeated statement, Young does whatever he wants. For good or ill.

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