I’ve had a hell of a time writing this review. I’ll admit I’m not the brightest bulb on the tree, but just when I thought I had this record all figured out, I suddenly realized I don’t have it figured out at all. I totally switched from hating “Le Noise” to digging “Le Noise.” It didn’t take me long.
But listen - what review is worth writing that doesn’t make the author sit down and reflect about the subject? And we’re talking about Neil Young. Okay? Do you know what I mean? That carries some weight...but it certainly guaranties nothing. Mr. Young writes and records when the time suites him and Neil has decided it is time for an electric solo album. Mr. Young has never recorded an electric solo album before.
I caught the buzz about “Le Noise” in an article in the September 19, 2010, LA Times “Arts & Books” section. It was a lush article that not only features its star, Mr Young, but also the co-star, the album’s famous producer (Bob Dylan, U2), Daniel Lanois.
“Very early on,...” claims Mr. Lanois in the Times article, “...I invented this idea that (Neil) had just come down from the mountaintop and he had the tablets with him. So I said, ‘Neil, what’s the message?’” Is Mr. Lanois implying that “Le Noise” holds so religious significance?
“Something’s going on right now,” replied Mr Young in the Times article (trying to make his point as clearly as possible), “We’re in the middle of a huge change or turnaround, but I don’t really know what it is. But you can feel that something’s going on. We’ve had enough of what ever it is. People have had enough of it. They’ve seen it over and over again. It defies real description of what’s really going on. We won’t know for a little while.” Well, I certainly could not have put it better myself.
Ladies and Gentleman: Le Noise.
I was just a little shocked the first I listened to “Le Noise.” Go ahead and just close your eyes and imagine how Neil Young would sound howlin’ away on his very first electric solo album...that’s exactly how “Le Noise” sounds.
At first I was a little shocked by this record.
And then maybe a little amazed.
I discovered that I had to trust the record and give it time - It wasn’t very long before I began to admire “Le Noise.” It really is not like any other ordinary record I have ever heard in my lifetime.
Below is a YouTube video I made for “Walk With Me."
The following comments are for "Neil Young - Le Noise," by johnjohndoe
I've been a fan since first hearing "Sugar Mountain." Neil Young is an original.
My favorite remains, "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere."
Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: October 3, 2010
The Old Laughing Lady
Thank you for the review on one of the great masters of music. I just recently saw "Heart of Gold" and what a treat that was! Neil Young's variety of style has always made him a favorite of mine. "Le Noise" will definitely be under my Christmas tree come December.
Posted by: brickhouse [Member] On: October 9, 2010
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