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With his road band in tow (bassist Jennifer Condos and guitarist Eric Heywood) and naturalist producer Ethan Johns again manning the recording console, Maine singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne’s third studio album, recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studio, is another solid collection of reflective, breathy ballads and sweet solemn words from a man who doesn’t allow the technological rush of modern life to interfere with the old world blue-eyed soul of his songs. “Winter Birds”, “Sarah”, and the title track flow with carefully finger-picked nuance and reflections of an early ‘70s vibe that place LaMontagne comfortably next to James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Nick Drake, Harry Nilsson, and Jesse Winchester. Even when he steps up the beat for the tribute to White Stripes drummer “Meg White” or the lurching ramble of “Hey Me, Hey Mamma”, La Montagne still sounds grounded in the sitting room. It’s music that sounds rustic by design, recorded in an intimate room with the occasional organ or pedal steel adding color — and Leona Ness supplying her angelic vocals to two tracks — but always centering on the human pulse, a soothing, lulling backbeat that’s calm and reassuring while the spirit wrestles with its passions.

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Ray Returns!

Ray returns and doesn't disappoint. In this day and age of Pop and R'n'B blandness, he breathes a breath of fresh air into the music industry and echoes back to an era when music was a self expressive artform and not an overly produced excuse to forget your clothes in an expensive video. The man, quite frankly, is a genius.


This is Rays third album, and far greater than the drivil that has been passed our way this year. I agree with the first reviewer, there is to much pop and hip hop and the majority of it is w++k. This is what music is, simplistic and simple, with a voice that is soulfull and meaning full. This is the album of the year along with a few others. If you like soulfullness, passion with a hint beauty thown in then this the album for you.

A Ray of light...

...When things on the production of music front look pretty bleak. Yet again Ray LaMontagne hit's all the wright notes with his fantastic 3rd album. I enjoyed this album Immensley and songs to look out for are 'Let It Be Me', 'I Still Care For You' and 'A Falling Through'. Buy it, Listen to it, Love it. I did.


Born: 18 June 1973 in Nashua, NH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With a voice that recalls a huskier, sandpapery version of Van Morrison and Tim Buckley, Ray LaMontagne joins such artists as Iron & Wine in creating folk songs that are alternately lush and intimately earthy. The songwriter was born in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1973; his parents split up shortly after his birth, and his mother began a pattern of moving her six children to any locale that could offer her employment and housing. As a result, LaMontagne grew up as the perennial new kid in school (when...
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