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Album: Neil Young, Fork in the Road (Warner Bros)

Neil Young is in dog-like, grunge, anti-consumerist, apocalyptic, preach mode, with lardy backbeat and durrr-brain chord changes nurdled through amps cranked to 11.

Album: Bonnie Prince Billy, Beware (Domino)

The sleeve typography of Beware echoes Neil Young's Tonight's The Night, and while the contents aren't quite as dismissive of listeners' sensibilities, they're still marked by the ruthless, even cruel streak that has become Will Oldham's characteristic trope.

Album: Neal Casal, Roots and Wings, (Fargo Records)

You'd think, having spent the past five years as one of Ryan Adams's Cardinals, that Neal Casal might have picked up a thing or two about attitude.

Album: Mark Olson & Gary Louris, Ready for the Flood, (New West)

In a perfect world, Louris and Olson would never make a record without each other.

Album: Joan Baez, Day After Tomorrow (Proper)

No one does gravitas quite like JB. She does it without self-doubt. And if that great whipping silken flag of a soprano is rather diminished now (small mercies, you might say), Joan's sense of solemnity has not diminished one whit.

Album: The Dandy Warhols, ...Earth to the Dandy Warhols...(Beat the World)

There are moments on Earth to the Dandy Warhols – particularly the moments when they attempt to marry falsetto West Coast harmonies with rolling Krautrock grooves – when the band seem on the verge of stumbling across a dynamic, new, rock form, but there are others which leave one on the verge of despair.

Album: Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis, Two Men With the Blues (Blue Note)

Willie Nelson takes it all as it comes these days, collaborating with everyone from Toby Keith to Toots Hibbert. But this live set with the don of trad jazz sparks his interest.

Album: Emmylou Harris, All I Intended to Be (Nonesuch)

Emmylou's Daniel Lanois period is over. She's back in Nashville with Brian Ahern on the other side of the thickened glass, which means that an elegantly chiming country-rock sound replaces the arty false perspectives and cultivated grit of the Lanois vibe.

Album: Mudcrutch, Mudcrutch (Reprise)

Wondering why Tom Petty's first band Mudcrutch never secured a deal, it strikes me: is there a less appealing name in rock'n'roll? Their pleasant country-rock on this belated debut is no less engaging than that of other, more famous, California-cowboy combos.

Album: Vetiver, Thing of the Past (Fat Cat)

For this follow-up to Vetiver's acclaimed 2006 album To Find Me Gone, singer Andy Cabic has opted to pay tribute to the artists that helped sculpt his own musical character, with a series of cover versions.

Album: Sun Kil Moon, April (Caldo Verde)

On my list of criminally neglected Americana auteurs, Mark Kozelek is right up there, battling for supremacy with Jason (Magnolia Electric Co, Songs: Ohia) Molina and Sam (Iron & Wine) Beam (what is these people's problem with their given names?).

Album: The Black Keys, Attack & Release (V2)

'Attack & Release' was produced by Danger Mouse (of Gnarls Barkley/Gorillaz fame), but give or take a few plasticky background beats, if someone told you it was recorded between 1967 and 1974 by Foghat or Rory Gallagher, you wouldn't blink.

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