Neil Young streams new album on NPR until October 5th
One of our global treasures is at it again. Neil Young is releasing his first album since…well…last year. The hardest working guitar-slinger is known for his heavy songwriting schedule and ability to shift his style to meet culture shift head on. This time he hooked up with renowned noise producer Daniel Lanois and the results turned out incredibly well, it’s Neil like you’ve never heard him before.
Le Noise is, fittingly, the product of two men fascinated by sound. Ask anyone who has been to a Neil Young show, and they will tell you that you feel the music as much as you hear it. Listen to a Daniel Lanois album — or one he’s produced with Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan or U2 — and you hear a sonic stamp. To record the album, Lanois gave Young an electro/acoustic guitar; he’d spent years perfecting the instrument’s electronics.
Neil has also said that there are a number of songs about loss on here, which is unsurprising after the loss of his longtime friend and steel guitar mainstay Ben Keith earlier this year. Like I said, it’s Neil like you’ve never heard him before, and you can check out the full album over on NPR’s first listen.