Neil Young – Le Noise (2010/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 38:06 minutes | 347 MB | Genre: Rock
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“Le Noise” is the thirty-first studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Daniel Lanois. “Le Noise” received generally positive reviews with Uncut magazine proclaiming it as the second best album of 2010 in its year-end Top 50 Albums list. This album was number 20 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.
The old conventional wisdom on Neil Young used to be that he alternated between acoustic folk and full-on guitar skronk with every other album, but 2010’s Le Noise – the French affection in its title a tongue-in-cheek tip of the beret to his producer Daniel Lanois – melds the two extremes. At its core, it’s a singer/songwriter album, a collection of reflections and ruminations about life and loss in the modern world, war imagery rubbing against battered memories and tattered autobiography, the songs leisurely following their own winding path, but it’s produced loudly, with Neil supporting himself with only his electric guitar for all but two tracks, where he switches the Les Paul for an acoustic. He’s not in Crazy Horse mode, spitting out chunky garage rock riffs, but strumming his overdriven electric, with Lanois tweaking the results, accentuating the ambience in post-production. To say the least, this results in a distinctive album, but it plays differently than it reads, sounding not too dissimilar from the Bush-era laments of Freedom. If Le Noise isn’t as galvanizing as Freedom, it’s because it’s created on a considerably smaller scale, its eight songs containing no masterpieces and Lanois’ moody noir production reining in Young’s messy signature. So, Le Noise winds up as something elusive and intriguing, a minor mood piece that seems to promise more than it actually delivers.
01 – Walk With Me
02 – Sign Of Love
03 – Someone’s Gonna Rescue You
04 – Love And War
05 – Angry World
06 – Hitchhiker
07 – Peaceful Valley Boulevard
08 – Rumblin’