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Album Review: Le Noise by Neil Young

Each new Neil Young album offers something unexpected, and his 33rd is no different: It’s the first he’s ever named in Franglais. Perhaps the California resident is feeling nostalgic for the country of his birth, and indeed, he references Toronto in two of the album’s eight tracks. But the title is also a pun on the name of Canadian producer Daniel Lanois, whose sonic interventions help make Le Noise one of Young’s strongest-ever albums in concept and execution.

Neil Young: Greatest Canadian Hero

They wore baseball caps, bandanas and cowboy hats. They sported Maple Leaf badges and flags. They came in from the suburbs, from Ottawa, from Indiana. On a gloriously sunny day in downtown Toronto, 1623 guitarists packed Yonge/Dundas Square with one common goal – to strum out Neil Young’s three-chord classic ‘Helpless’ together.