11 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Neil Young’s 31st album is a collaboration with atmospheric-rock producer Daniel Lanois, whose name gets a clever nod in the title. Together, the duo find new ways to make Young’s stripped-down solo-guitar excursions both densely layered and personal. Incendiary tracks like “Walk With Me” and “Sign of Love” shroud their romantic lyrics in a fog of echo and distortion, while more folky ballads like “Love and War” have Young expressing confusion and anger over minimal acoustic instrumentation.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Neil Young’s 31st album is a collaboration with atmospheric-rock producer Daniel Lanois, whose name gets a clever nod in the title. Together, the duo find new ways to make Young’s stripped-down solo-guitar excursions both densely layered and personal. Incendiary tracks like “Walk With Me” and “Sign of Love” shroud their romantic lyrics in a fog of echo and distortion, while more folky ballads like “Love and War” have Young expressing confusion and anger over minimal acoustic instrumentation.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
214 Ratings

214 Ratings

J. Connelly ,

Young is brining his "Ragged Glory" Guitar Awesomeness Back in Le Noise!

As a sat down to do my typical Tuesday morning routine, I plugged in my iPhone to iTunes and began to peruse the new releases and sure enough, another Neil Young release hit the digital shelves today. I haven't purchased the last few albums from Young and have been exploring other musical interests but I gave this a quick listen and WOW! If you are a fan of Ragged Glory, Greendale, or simply just that famous chord strumming with the heavy tube driven fuzz signature tone which is prominently heard on most of the Crazy Horse albums, you will love this album. I'm already inspired to re-add my entire Neil Young collection (at the expense of my other modern rock/alt rock tunes) on my 16GB iphone. Thanks Neil for the incredible and unexpected gem you released today!

SMerc ,

Le Noise

Some stuff you just record and listen to yourself. This is one of those. If it wasn't Neil Young, no one would even listen to it.

Marcus Badgley ,

Two Masters —One Masterpiece

Le Noise is one of those sonic wonders that comes along every now and then to expand musical horizons and expand lives. From beginning to end this album is amazing.

I've listened to Le Noise several times now and it's become one of those albums I want to hear again and again. There are so many moments that make up the whole—it's addictive.

Previous to Le Noise I've not been a real fan of Neil Young—I've appreciated his independent vision, fierce intensity and singular talent but his sound has not been something I've resonated with until now. On the other hand I've always loved Daniel Lanois's work both as musician and as producer. On Le Noise their musical mastery, creative vision, and intensity reach a collaborative high that is truly inspiring.

Kudos to Young for continuing to remain so youthful, honest and fresh. Props to Lanois for shaping shaping our audio landscape. The resulting Le Noise is the best thing I've heard in a long time.

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