30 September 2010

Some Noise for You

Neil Young's new album, Le Noise, is out. Not only the album, but a companion film also, which has just been released on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU5B53b9ntQ

Yes, a 40 minute video covering the whole album, with some nice aesthetic footage of Young playing, free to view (and listen, obviously) by everyone. Now that's the way to do it. Let the audience really fall in love with the album, the whole album, mind, not just some little samples. What better way can there be to sell records? I'd buy it right now, if I just had the money. A lot of artists and record companies could learn a lot from this. (I hope the video also stays online permanently.)

The album itself is pretty cool. Somewhat experimental, in fact, yet thoroughly Neil Young. It's just Young playing guitars, no backup band, but with some fairly cool post-production effects and stuff thrown in, courtesy of producer Daniel Lanois. There's a couple of acoustic songs, but mostly it's pretty edgy electric material. Neil's still the man.

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