Like Lou Reed, Neil Young is great enough and has been around long enough that he can pretty much put out an album of whatever he wants. And like Reed's Lulu last year, Young's creative carte blanche has resulted in an idiosyncratic work of off-putting vanity. Young pulls in his legendary backing band, Crazy Horse, for a set of gritty reworkings of classic American folk songs. Although they turn out decent renditions of tunes like "Travel On" and "This Land Is Your Land," cuts like "Clementine" and "Oh Susannah" drag the original tunes out with raw guitars and dark, rearranged melodies. Young certainly makes the songs his own, but he also makes most of them pretty dreadful.
Worth a Listen: "This Land Is Your Land"