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Neil Young Reveals Country Versions of Classics and Obscurities on 'A Treasure'

Plus: stream new music from the 'Spider-Man' musical, Beyoncé, Weezer, Owl City and Foster the People

June 14, 2011 10:20 AM ET
Neil Young Reveals Country Versions of Classics and Obscurities on 'A Treasure'

In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Andy Greene praises Neil Young and the Harvesters' aptly titled A Treasure, which documents countryfied versions of familiar and obscure Young originals during a 1984-1985 tour with an eight-piece band of Nashville session players. Also, Rob Sheffield grapples with the soundtrack to Bono and the Edge's Spider-Man musical, noting that while it makes no sense for them to do this project, their songwriting chops keep the show interesting even when the music is performed by bland Broadway vocalists. Plus, Jon Dolan pans the second album of "pillow-brained romanticism" from synth pop band Owl City and Jenny Eliscu slams Weezer's boring, note-perfect rendition of Radiohead's "Paranoid Android."

ALBUMS

Neil Young and the International Harvesters - A Treasure (stream full album)

Various Artists - Music From 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' (stream one song)

Owl City - All Things Bright and Beautiful (stream one song)

Paul McCartney - McCartney

Paul McCartney - McCartney II

Foster the People - Torches (stream full album)

SINGLES

Weezer "Paranoid Android" (stream)

Beyoncé "Best Thing I Never Had" (stream)

The Weeknd "Rolling Stone" (stream)

LAST WEEK: Coldplay Connect With the Spirit of Early Hip-Hop on New Single

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