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Best Of ’10: Ray LaMontagne

Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs – God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise

The 10 tracks on Ray LaMontagne’s new self-produced album are dripping with the same soul and heartache that are felt in his previous releases. The first track, “Repo Man”, starts things off with a bang, but the rest of the album is lilting and somber. As always, LaMontagne writes thought-provoking and retrospective lyrics that cut to the core. The album is rich with pedal steel (featured on almost every track), which gives me that feeling of watching the sun rise or set…as pictured in the album artwork! This is sure to be one of my top 10 albums of the year, especially after seeing almost every new song performed live at the Bank Of America Pavilion show in August.

Favorite tracks: “Repo Man”, “Beg, Steal, or Borrow”, “Like Roll & Roll and Radio”

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NEW Music: Ray LaMontagne


Ray LaMontagne – God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise

I cannot express just how excited I am about the Ray LaMontagne/David Gray concert next Tuesday night (8/17)  in Boston. They have quickly become two of my favorite artists in the past few years and I’ve never seen either of them live in concert. To make the night even sweeter, both are releasing brand new albums on Tuesday.

Thanks to NPR music’s First Listen, I’ve gotten to check out Ray LaMontagne’s new album and it’s nothing short of spectacular!

For God Willin’, LaMontagne is joined by The Pariah Dogs – a set band of seasoned musicians who really help to give the album continuity. As you would expect, LaMontagne’s vocals are soulful and his words are tender, thoughtful, and melancholy. What’s new and refreshing is the countryish twang to this record. There’s an abundance of lilting melodies, slide guitar work and even harmonica and banjo at times.

In terms of my favorite songs on first listen, I’m really digging the bluesy final track, “The Devil’s in the Jukebox” and I can’t get enough of the single “Beg Steal or Borrow”. I’m a big fan of “Repo Man”, the hardest hitting track that starts off the album with a bang, and I also love the sparse, pain-filled, “Are We Really Through”. From start to finish, LaMontagne is giving us a lot to sink our teeth into with God Willin’. It’s nothing short of what I expected and I’m so psyched to hear some of the new material live.

LISTEN TO THE ALBUM (it’ll be posted until its release on Tuesday)

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