Neil Young: Le Noise

cover.jpgThe release of any new Neil Young album is always cause for celebration, as he remains the most consistently note-worthy artist regularly producing records over the past 40+ years.  What makes his newest album, Le Noise, even more special is the contributions from producer Daniel Lanois, who brings his Grammy Award-winning touch to Young’s inimitable style.  At heart, the record is almost skeletally simple: Young alone, singing and playing a guitar on eight new tracks.  But Lanois’ production opens a wide sonic vista that takes the songs to another level, blending electronic and acoustic elements with Young’s own powerful performances.  The lead track, “Walk with Me,” exemplifies their technique: a slashing, chiming guitar-line breaks down into a buzzing drone, while Young’s pleading vocals cascade into the musical horizon. 

It’s affecting stuff from two master craftsmen meshing their talents perfectly.

-- Eric J. Lawrence, KCRW Music Librarian and DJ

Exclusive video of Neil Young performing "Sign of Love"

Le Noise will be available On-Demand from September 21 through October 4, 2010. The album release date is September 28, 2010.

Related KCRW Programming: Neil Young interview and guest DJ session on Morning Becomes Eclectic, August 4 & 5, 2004

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Track listing
1. Walk With Me
2. Sign of Love
3. Someone’s Gonna Rescue You
4. Love and War
5. Angry World
6. Hitchhiker
7. Peaceful Valley Boulevard
8. Rumblin’