I wish my parents had listened to music outside the realm of smooth jazz.
Had they, I might be more familiar with Neil Young. That aside, making up for lost time can be pretty fun.
Iâ€™ve been listening to Young on and off for the past year and wouldnâ€™t call myself a die-hard fan in any sense.
So I apologize to all the Neil Young devotees out there, because this review was written with pink ears.
Youngâ€™s new album â€œLe Noiseâ€ is minimal yet sonically broad. None of the tracks use more than guitar and Youngâ€™s signature vocals, using feedback, noise, delay and reverb to fill the empty space.
The albumâ€™s first track, â€œWalk With Me,â€ opens with the crunch of a guitar tone bent and twisted into an audible punch to the dome. Itâ€™s a good launching point for an album that is cohesive from start to finish.
Every one of â€œLe Noiseâ€™sâ€ eight songs is meaty and meaningful. Itâ€™s surprising how much Young can say in 38 minutes.
In the album highlight â€œHitchhiker,â€ Young delivers a synopsis of his life in five and one-half minutes with weathered melody and guitar that suit perfectly his tale.
And throughout this album it appears that Young isnâ€™t finished in his quest for a heart of gold, but as evidenced from â€œWalk With Meâ€™sâ€ lines, â€œIâ€™ll never let you down no matter what you do if you just walk with me and let me walk with you. Iâ€™m on this journey. I donâ€™t want to walk alone,â€ Young wants his audience to be there until the end.
Music reviewer Nic Turiciano can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.