Le Noise

Le Noise
Studio album by Neil Young
Released September 28, 2010 (2010-09-28)
Recorded 2010 in a Los Angeles mansion
Genre Rock, folk rock, garage rock, experimental rock
Length 37:59
Label Reprise
Producer Daniel Lanois
Neil Young chronology
Dreamin' Man Live '92
Le Noise
A Treasure
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
BBC Online (positive)[2]
Blare Magazine [3]
Guardian [4]
Pitchfork (7.6/10)[5]
PopMatters (9/10)[6]
Rolling Stone [7]
Slant [8]

Le Noise is the thirty-first studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released in 2010. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Daniel Lanois,[9] hence the titular pun (although "Lanois" is pronounced "Lan-wha"). Lanois stated in an interview with Rolling Stone that "We cut a couple of solo acoustic songs, but the rest is very electric" and "There's no band, but I got in there with my sonics."[10] On August 20, Young posted to Facebook the release date for different formats (including BD and an app for iPhone and iPad) and revealed that it would be a solo album.[11] A music video for the track "Angry World" was premiered on September 14, 2010.[12] A music video for "Hitchhiker" was also premiered on September 17, 2010.[13] The video for "Love And War" was released on September 20, 2010 and the video for "Walk With Me" on September 22, 2010.[14][15] The track "Angry World" won a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.[16]

Commercial performance

The album was placed 2nd on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling over 10,000 copies in the first week of release.[17]

Critical reception

Le Noise has 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.[18]

The album was named as a longlisted nominee for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.[19]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Neil Young.

  1. "Walk with Me" – 4:25
  2. "Sign of Love" – 3:58
  3. "Someone's Gonna Rescue You" – 3:29
  4. "Love and War" – 5:37
  5. "Angry World" – 4:11
  6. "Hitchhiker" – 5:32
  7. "Peaceful Valley Boulevard" – 7:10
  8. "Rumblin'" – 3:39

Chart positions

Chart (2010) Peak
Canadian Albums Chart[20] 2
European Top 100 Albums [21] 10
German Albums Chart [22] 22
U.S. Billboard 200[20] 14


  1. ^ - Neil Young"Le Noise". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Music - Review of Neil Young - Le Noise". BBC. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  3. ^ Name (2010-09-28). "REVIEW: Neil Young – "Le Noise" «". Blaremagazine.com. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  4. ^ Alexis Petridis (2010-09-24). "Neil Young: Le Noise | CD review | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  5. ^ "Album Reviews: Neil Young: Le Noise". Pitchfork. 2010-10-01. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  6. ^ Gassmann, David. "Neil Young: Le Noise < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  7. ^ David Fricke (2010-09-27). "Le Noise by Neil Young | Rolling Stone Music | Music Reviews". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  8. ^ "Neil Young: Le Noise | Music Review". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  9. ^ Neil Young announces new Daniel Lanois-produced album NME.com, August 21st, 2010
  10. ^ Neil Young Releasing New Disc, ‘Le Noise,’ Next Month By Andy Greene, August 20, 2010 RollingStone.com
  11. ^ "Facebook, by Neil Young on Friday, August 20, 2010". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  12. ^ Angry World" video on""". Stereogum.com. 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  13. ^ Hitchhiker" video on""". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  14. ^ Love And War" video on""". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  15. ^ Walk With Me" video on""". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  16. ^ "National Academy Of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  17. ^ Williams, John (2010-10-06). "Neil Young makes chart noise | Music | Entertainment". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  18. ^ "The 30 Best Albums of 2010". Rolling Stone (December 25, 2010). Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  19. ^ "2011 Polaris Music Prize Long List announced". aux.tv, June 16, 2011.
  20. ^ a b "Le Noise"Chart listing for .  
  21. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/european-albums?tag=relcharts
  22. ^ ":: MTV | Album Top 50 KW 5 | charts". Mtv.de. 2011-01-07. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 

External links

  • Neil Young, 'Walk With Me' -- Video Premiere
  • The Making of Le Noise on YouTube
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