BEST ROOTS

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC 2012 -

Th­ese kids are still al­right – just a lit­tle older. Neil Young, at 67, re­leased two al­bums, with Psy­che­delic Pill and its elon­gated gui­tar work­outs vastly su­pe­rior to Amer­i­cana; Dy­lan, at 71, con­tin­ued to in­trigue and in­spire with his best al­bum in years; Co­hen, at 78, waltzed back into our hearts with grace and in­sight; Dr John, at 72, reignited his New Or­leans groove with rare panache and Spring­steen, the boy at 63, made his stand in the bit­ter US po­lit­i­cal wars with lung-bust­ing com­mit­ment and fer­vour. Ry Cooder (65) also showed which side he was on with Elec­tion Spe­cial. Other se­nior ci­ti­zens who put in a de­cent shift in­cluded John Hi­att, Mary Chapin Car­pen­ter, Shawn Colvin, Don­ald Fa­gen, Wil­lie Nel­son and the long-lost Iris De­Ment. The bright young things, rel­a­tively speak­ing, in­cluded Mick Flan­nery, Kevin Do­herty, First Aid Kit, Daniel Martin Moore and Joan Shel­ley and the amaz­ing Punch Brothers.

Joe Breen

TEM­PEST

Bob Dy­lan

WRECK­ING BALL

Bruce Spring­steen

OLD IDEAS

Leonard Co­hen

PSY­CHE­DELIC PILL

Neil Young (right)

LOCKED DOWN

Dr John

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