Neil Young
Le Noise


4.5
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Review

by Dwap USER (1 Reviews)
September 30th, 2010 | 21 replies | 8,400 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A unique, dark and intimate addition to Neil Young’s repertoire

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Neil Young’s late career albums have been mixed affairs. Whilst fans of his work will tell you he’s continued to maintain the high standard he is known for, others will argue that his recent albums are mostly mediocre offerings that lack the creative spark of his earlier records. This is particularly true of his previous outing, Fork In The Road. With Le Noise however, Neil Young has bucked the trend of recent records and released an album that for the first time in years, is surprisingly different. Armed only with his guitar and uniquely identifiable voice, Young (with help from producer Daniel Lanois) has crafted a stark and intimate record.

Opening with “Walk With Me”, the albums intentions are made immediately clear. The guitar swirls and resonates, thanks to producer Lanois, and Young’s vulnerable vocals sing of hardships and losing friends along the way. Without the backing of a band, Young’s song writing is brought front and centre and luckily in the case of Le Noise, the songs are strong enough for it to work. And work they do. Tracks such as “Angry World” and “Hitchhiker” are two of the best songs Young has ever committed to tape and it is tantalising to think what they would have been like with the backing of a band. Then again to dwell on that is to do an injustice to this record.

As Le Noise proves, these songs don’t need a band and by being conveyed through one guitar and some studio wizardy, they resonate in a way that not only sees Young put out something different, but in doing so put out an album that is his most vital in over a decade. The aforementioned ‘Angry World’ begins with a vocal loop before the loud and heavy guitar swells to life and consumes the listener. All of the songs are treated with various effects and sonics that achieve the goal of making Shaky’s guitar and voice sound as full and loud as an orchestra, none more effectively than on ‘Angry World’, ‘Sign Of Love’ and the brilliant ‘Hitchhiker’.

Due to the fact that it is just Neil and his trusty guitar, the songs take on a more personal feel and in a lot of ways sound like individual performances. At times it’s a sombre affair, at others uplifting, but in any case the listener is drawn into a dark and intimate listening experience and a rewarding one at that.

For those unfamiliar with Neil Young’s work, this wouldn’t be an ideal place to start but fans of his exceptional career will find much to love in this album, if only for the fact that it puts a new and refreshing spin on everything we have come to love from the great man. This album definitely stands out in Young’s catalogue and for all that right reasons. Given the size and breadth of said catalogue, that’s no mean feat.


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EVedder27
September 30th 2010



6088 Comments


Whoa, had no idea he was coming out with a new album. Gonna get this.

Review is decent, especially for a first, and longer paragraphs have more of a flow than these short ones.

BigHans
September 30th 2010



26455 Comments


Yeah good job on your first but Eved is right you might want to combine some of those paragraphs in order to make it much easier on the eyes.

emmy
September 30th 2010



205 Comments


whats the point of saying a song is brilliant if you aren't going to tell us why

HighandDriving
September 30th 2010



3261 Comments


Fuck, I need to get this.

Digging: Nightmares - Suspiria

G3N3R1C
September 30th 2010



1945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So yeah. This really kicks ass. Not like anything i've ever previously heard from him, either... actually, i haven't listened to Neil in a while. Started to get into his music a couple years back, but kinda just forgot about it (or got distracted by something else), so this was a nice re-introduction.

Dwap
September 30th 2010



65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the feedback - longer paragraphs next time for sure.

crank
October 3rd 2010



332 Comments


great to see neil can still put out a cracking record rather than some of the cak he has produced in recent times

Neoteric
November 15th 2010



3243 Comments


This is definitely his best album in years... I love the lack of instrumentation in a lot of the songs.

cvlts
November 15th 2010



8954 Comments


^ Neo sighting

RiversCuomo
November 18th 2010



439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is so awesome. Top ten-twenty for the year

Jemidu06
December 5th 2010



115 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this is just an excellent album. we all seem to get caught up in our indie/no-name blog band bullshit from time to time, it's good to be reminded why the "classics" are known as "classics" every now and again.

EVedder27
December 6th 2010



6088 Comments


so good, bumping up

porch
December 6th 2010



8439 Comments


p good

rickywong
December 6th 2010



36 Comments


sounds cool

dude is a legend

couldwinarabbit
December 15th 2010



6996 Comments


This is my I listen to music. This is probably going to pass the monitor as my aoty.

Spec
May 5th 2011



27046 Comments


The fuck are you talking about?

RosaParks
June 10th 2011



14592 Comments


aoty 2010 right here

Spec
June 6th 2012



27046 Comments


Gotta check out the new one.

fuckthatnoise
June 10th 2012



1479 Comments


Neil Y0)))ung

13km
March 5th 2013



43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of my Favorite Neil Young records.



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