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Neil Young
Le Noise - Reprise
FILTER Grade: 88%

By A.D. Amorosi on November 29, 2010


Neil Young

Not a man to mince words or make nice with brand-name producers, eloquent crank Neil Young kept to the former and jettisoned the latter ideal by teaming with Daniel Lanois on this mostly solo album. Young’s sandblasting electric guitar sits handsomely alone before eerie rumbling atmospheres. Discord rules, even as a delicate acoustic guitar tips “Peaceful Valley Boulevard” into the pastoral red. Would you expect anything but sour soliloquies from America’s ombudsman? By the time the cruel “Angry World” ends, he’s become William S. Burroughs. “No doubt everything will go as planned,” Young sings in a cackling hack. Bravo.

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