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Anything I have ever read about this band mentions Neil Young in some capacity. Well, Neil Young once said after the success of his only number one song, ‘Heart of Gold’, “This song put me in the middle of the road. Travelling there soon became a bore so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride but I saw more interesting people there.” If ‘Harvest’-era Young is middle of the road, then I don’t know what this is and I certainly have no idea why people are even muttering its name within any proximity to Neil Young’s. Mediocrity cannot even sum this up – it is so putridly meandering and insipid that on occasions it turns the stomach. It is a genuine slog to listen to this album; the songs are weak, flaccid and lifeless drabs of half-arsed Americana. If someone played me this and told me Domino were releasing it I would think it was a joke. Sadly it’s not.

By Daniel Dylan Wray

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