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.