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This eight-song album is a collaboration between the acclaimed rock icon and musician, songwriter, and producer Daniel Lanois, known for his work with U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers and many others. As producer or co-producer Lanois won Grammy Awards in 1987, 1992, 1997, 2000, and 2001.

Young and Lanois have crossed paths musically over the course of many years, including Lanois' performances at Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert and Young's performance at Farm Aid when Lanois was Willie Nelson's music director, but this is the first time the two have recorded together. Recorded in Lanois' home in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, ‘Le Noise’ features Young on acoustic and electric guitars with Lanois adding his trademark sonic textures, creating one of the most sonically arresting albums Young has ever recorded. No band, no overdubs, just ‘a man on a stool and me doing a nice job on the recording,’ as Lanois puts it.

‘Neil was so appreciative of the sonics that we presented to him,’ Lanois says. ‘He walked in the door and I put an acoustic guitar into his hands - one that I had been working on to build a new sound. That's the multi-layered acoustic sound that you hear on the songs 'Love and War' and 'Peaceful Valley Boulevard.' I wanted him to understand that I've spent years dedicated to the sonics in my home and that I wanted to give him something he'd never heard before. He picked up that instrument, which had everything - an acoustic sound, electronica, bass sounds - and he knew as soon as he played it that we had taken the acoustic guitar to a new level. It's hard to come up with a new sound at the back end of 50 years of rock and roll, but I think we did it.’


'What's striking about 'Le Noise' is the way it both summarizes and distills Young's singular approach to music, predominantly just Neil and a guitar: his big, white hollow-body Gretsch electric slashing and burning for most of the tracks, a couple built around picked and strummed acoustic instruments. Both are recorded and amplified - literally and metaphorically - by Lanois' signature soundscapes that loop vocals, and enhance the guitars' bass notes through distortion boxes, synthesizers and other electronics.' --Los Angeles Times

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  • Audio CD (September 28, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B003ZBJ0ZM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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99 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Old T.B. on September 28, 2010
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Looking back at Neil Young's studio releases from 2001s Are You Passionate? up through 2008s Fork in the Road, the best I can personally say is that I find several of them okay. At worst, I wish Are You Passionate had not been released. I have bought each new album with a combination of hope and trepidation, including Le Noise. I read the great advance reviews, and I hoped they were correct. But, there were all these albums released in the 2000s...

I'm pleased to say that Le Noise is a very good album; not classic, but very good and a worthy addition to the Neil Young catalog. Young's guitar playing is wonderful, as is the production of Daniel Lanois. Personally, I think many of the songs would have benefitted from some additional players, especially some drums, but that is not a major complaint.

These are some of the strongest songs, lyrically and musically, that Young has released in at least a decade. Like a previous reviewer, I find "Peaceful Valley Boulevard" the highlight of Le Noise; it felt like a long lost "Rust Never Sleeps" track to me. It is that good. Other highlights for me include "Hitchhiker" and "Love and War."

Le Noise is a fully engaging album. Yes, it is short, but I'd rather have a short, excellent Neil Young album than a long, tedious one. Recommended.
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84 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Antiquity on September 28, 2010
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This "solo" album by Neil Young is almost as much as a Young/Lanoise co-album, with the soundscapes a consequence of an instrument built by Lanoise (not to mention his production). The 2000's had been a mixed bag by Neil Young, with albums like Fork in the Road, Living with War, Chrome Dreams II all, to some extent, decent albums but none on par with what made him a legend. With Le Noise, the only complaint a Neil Young fan can have is its length, clocking in at less than 40 minutes. The songs are universal, timeless, and strong, especially Hitchhiker. No more songs about electric cars or G.W. Bush sound blurbs, with a focus on love, life, war, and regret. Oh yeah- I have listened to the album over 10 times (it's been on NPR all week), which I thought I'd mention since some people are weary of "first day" reviews from someone who's listened to the album once.

To me, it sounds more like a Silver and Gold album but with the music giving it a new, different feel, than his rocking albums. This album is meditative, sung with Neil Young's tenor, and one I would place among my favorites.
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118 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on September 28, 2010
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The steady decline in sales of Neil Young's recent albums - climaxing in the colossal commercial flop of his long-awaited, oft-delayed Archives box - shows that even hard-cores have grown tired of both his mostly subpar 2000s releases and his market saturation. Not immune, I did the unthinkable with Le Noise - for the first time, I did not buy a Young album automatically. Instead, I streamed it on NPR, where Young generously offered it for free - seemingly daring unprecedentedly critical fans to dislike it. I can thankfully say that I was very pleasantly surprised, deciding that, poverty be damned, I had to have it, too.

Le Noise is by far Young's best album since Greendale - and as I seemed to be one of the few who loved that, it will be the best since Harvest Moon for most. Young has certainly written his best set of unrelated songs since that album and is near top form musically and vocally. He also seems to have been revitalized by legendary producer Daniel Lanois. Lanois is one of the few producers with a vast influence on the sound of albums he oversees, and his trademarks are unmistakable. This unsurprisingly makes him someone people either love or hate. I happen to love him, but even those who dislike him violently may be surprised by this, which is noticeably different from anything he has done though still bearing some signatures. I was skeptical of his claims that the album has a truly revolutionary sound, but he does not exaggerate. Young clearly would not have sounded thus without him, but Young also seems to push Lanois into new territory, creating something startlingly fresh. I was also worried on hearing that this is a true solo album, Young being the only musician and almost entirely on electric guitar.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on August 22, 2011
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Neil Young - Le Noise (2010)

One has to be cautious when approaching a Neil Young record review. It seems every time Neil Young puts out a new album, people come out of the woodwork to proclaim, "I'm a longtime fan and this is the weakest album he's ever made". Or even worse, "Neil should hang up his guitar and quit music for good"'s very tiresome. Unless it's a "professional" reviewer who strives to maintain objectivity, it's helpful to know what kind of Neil Young fan the reviewer is considering the incredibly wide range of styles he's employed over the years. As for myself, I'll say straight off the bat that while I dig nearly everything the man has made I especially love his super-heavy rock music and I have little use for his excursions into pure Country. So when I first put on LE NOISE I was thrilled with the awesome, over-driven guitar distortion and intrigued that he was playing without a backing band. He's playing solo but, for the most part, he's not picking pretty songs on an acoustic guitar.

When I first get a new album, I often listen to it over and over if it's good, but that hasn't been the case with LE NOISE. It wore out its welcome fairly quickly after a few spins. I expect it will be an album to return to from time to time but never one I'll put on repeat or play very often. No, LE NOISE does not represent Young's best songwriting, and yes, the lyrics are weak in several places. As is the case with many rock artists, I wish I could've gotten in there to tweak a few lines; often it wouldn't take much to transform a weak lyric into a great one (or at least a coherent one).
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