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While Ray LaMontagne’s music has long evoked warm memories of early-’70s singer/songwriter fare such as Cat Stevens and James Taylor laced with a true soul man’s wanderlust, the music rarely ventured into grander sonic adventures. With Supernova, LaMontagne is working a variety of approaches that show the sides of the man we all knew existed somewhere in his restless soul. It requires all 10 songs for the trip to conclude. Supernova opens with “Lavender,” a tune guided by producer Dan Auerbach; he gives the track a touch of his Black Keys with an organ that trills and guitars that chop the reverb in half. “Airwaves” chases a jazzy Van Morrison feel to its own perfection. “She’s the One” turns into an aggressive soul rocker. “Pick Up a Gun” and “Smashing” wander through heavily glazed, orchestrated terrains. “Julia” simulates Them’s classic “Gloria.” “No Other Way” uses an organ as its choir. “Supernova” and “Ojai” strip the reverb away from the voice for pulsing ‘60s pop numbers. “Drive-In Movies” touches on country-rock with a skip in its step. It’s a healthy move for a man so often in existential pain. 

Customer Reviews


Lamontagne has one of the most unique voices I've ever heard. His old acoustic stuff is what set him apart. This new album is dubbed up too much and makes him sound no different than any pop star today.


Geesh, this is crap compared to his other albums. Disappointed for sure!

A departure from what he’s known for.

His previous albums have been so tightly focused on that back yard folk sound that this album is definitely a bit of a shock upon first listen. the more I listened though the more I really started enjoying what he was doing. Do miss the old folky Ray like a lot of the people reviewing the album? Yes but that Ray will always be there on the older albums for me to revisit. And who’s to say he won’t return to his roots again. in the meantime here is a fun 60’s pop album done really well. And no denying Ray’s incredible voice.


Born: June 18, 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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