This is a stunning album. Sure, the lyrical themes aren't all that out of the ordinary: love, war, death and politics filtered through either cryptic meditation or preachy protest. What makes Le Noise special is its sound. With help from producer Daniel Lanois and his penchant for foggy atmospherics, Young sinks his folk balladry in a shoegaze-tinged wash of reverb, low-end rumble and electronic experimentation. If you're a fan who thinks his best records are the out-there ones (Rust Never Sleeps, Trans, Arc Weld, the Dead Man soundtrack), then Le Noise will totally blow your mind.