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Fork in the Road is the 29th studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released April 7, 2009, on Reprise Records.[10] The album was released on vinyl on July 26, 2009.

Fork in the Road
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 7, 2009 (2009-04-07)
GenreRock, folk rock
Producer"The Volume Dealers" (Neil Young and Niko Bolas)
Neil Young chronology
Sugar Mountain – Live at Canterbury House 1968
Fork in the Road
The Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Blender4/5 stars[2]
musicOMH4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau4/5 stars[4]
The Guardian2/5 stars[5]
PopMatters4/10 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
The Times1/5 stars[8]
Uncut4/5 stars[9]

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 followed the electric car in its first long-distance trip to Washington, DC.

In November 2010, the car started a fire that 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.[11]

Young's vocal performance on "Fork in the Road" was nominated for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance at the 52nd Grammy Awards, 2010.[12]


Track listingEdit

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


  • 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
  • Larry Cragg – guitar technician
  • Don McAulay – drum technician
  • Craig Roberts – guitar technician

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2009)[13] Peak
Austrian Albums Chart 45
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 13
French Albums Chart 31
Finnish Albums Chart[14] 18
Denmark Albums Chart 15
Dutch Albums Chart 23
German Albums Chart 17
Ireland Albums Chart 18
New Zealand Albums Chart[15] 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


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2009-04-07). "Fork in the Road – Neil Young | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  2. ^ "Blender review". Archived from the original on 2009-04-12. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Neil Young – Fork In The Road | album reviews | musicOMH". Archived from the original on April 5, 2009. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  4. ^ "Neil Young: Fork in the Road". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  5. ^ Miranda Sawyer. "Pop review: Neil Young: Fork in the Road". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  6. ^  . "Neil Young: Fork in the Road". Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  7. ^ Hermes, Will (2009-04-01). "Neil Young Fork in the Road Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "The UNCUT Album review: Neil Young – Fork In The Road – Review –". Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  10. ^ "Neil Young To Release "Fork In The Road"". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  11. ^ Lee, Henry K. (2010-11-17). "Neil Young's warehouse fire started in hybrid car". SFGate. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  12. ^ "Grammy nominees include Neil Young, rapper Drake". CBC News. December 3, 2009.
  13. ^ "Neil Young – Fork In The Road – Music Charts". Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  14. ^ [2][permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Archived from the original on 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2012-02-16.

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