social icons WMMM twitterfacebook RSS facebook twitter RSS Center

Fresh New Music


 


[Album Review] Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs - God Willin' & The C

Ray LaMontagne is a quiet, non-fame seeking musician.  Or as LaMongatne says, "Simply put, I have no interest in fame. My self worth is not tied to other people’s opinions of me—I have a strong sense of self. Music for me is not a vehicle for fame; I just love music."  Despite this lack of a need for commercial fame, LaMontagne has risen to musical prominence with his most recent release God Willin' and The Creek Don't Rise. God Willin' and The Creek Don't Rise is Ray LaMontagne's fourth studio album and the highest charting album of the raspy-voiced singer-songwriter.  The album was released on August 17, 2010 and has already sold over 74,000 copies.  This is quite an accomplishment for a man who worked at a shoe factory for years before quitting and establishing a music career. Musically, the album is tight and well organized.  Although the musical style is  acoustic-blues/country, which can often head off in rifts and jams, the sounds are crisp, clean, and well placed.  The first single off God Willin' and The Creek Don't Rise is the track "Beg Steal or Borrow" is a slow rolling track that features a brilliant slide guitar.  The combination of LaMontagne's  gravelly voice and the smooth twang of southern guitars creates a fantastic balance. From the music side, God Willin' and The Creek Don't Rise is a very strong record yet lacks tracks that grab the listener and force them to listen over and over.  There is a tendency of tracks to blur together and lack individuality after multiple listens.  I am sure I will listen to God Willin' and The Creek Don't Rise on occasion in the future, but there are no individual tracks on the album that will rise on my "Most Played" playlist on iTunes. This fact should not take away from the strength of the album.  Yes, it may lack the individual tracks to gain radio airplay or tracks that soar on charts, but God Willin' and The Creek Don't Rise is still worth listening to and appreciating.  I mean really, should we expect a string of radio chart toppers from a guy who has zero ambition for fame?  Ray LaMontagne writes and records music because it is what he loves to do, not for commercial appeal.  Therefore, LaMontagne has succeeded in staying true to his musical style and desires while still creating a great album. Before you grab yourself a copy of Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dog's God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise, check out some older Ray LaMontagne! -Sam Ryan

Tags :  
Social :
People : Ray LaMontagne


Share This: | More


 
08/31/2010 9:12AM
[Album Review] Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs - God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
Please Enter Your Comments Below
08/31/2010 9:39AM
josef
yo this album is brilliant. NPR is streaming it. Check out the whole thing here. http://n.pr/cUQeMC
08/31/2010 9:47AM
Emily Thousand
Hey! Thanks for sharing, that's awesome!
Title :
Comment :
Listen Live (WMMM)
Playlist (WMMM)
2 Minute Promise
Submit
World's Worst iPod: Patrick Hernandez "Born to be Alive"
A lot of disco lovers must have been tuning in, because Wednesday's World's Worst iPod song seemed to get more yes votes than just about any other song we've ever featured. The song made it up to #16 in the United States,and was the only...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Eric Carmen "Make Me Lose Control"
For some reason, both Jonathan and Kitty had a special place in their hearts for this 1988 hit by Eric Carmen. "Make Me Lose Control" was a follow-up to "Hungry Eyes," which was on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. It never appeared on an Eric Carmen...
Read More
Five Things You Didn't Know About Elvis
Had he lived, Elvis Presley would have turned 80 years old today. He's a rock and roll icon, but there are some facts about him that may have slipped by you over the years. 1. When he met with members of Led Zeppelin in 1973, he traded watches...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: M. McCoo and Billy Davis Jr " You Don't Have to be a Star...
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. were already big stars in 1976 when they released the song "You Don't Have To Be A Star To Be In My Show). The husband and wife team were former members of the hit group The 5th Dimension. This song was on the...
Read More
Kellie the Digital Director's Top Albums from 2014
10. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold I have to admit something. After reading all my fellow coworkers lists, I saw First Aid Kit appearing multiple times, and I had no idea who they were. I've only listened to this album once while writing my list,...
Read More
Nick the Web Guy's Top 10 Albums of 2014
10) Little Feat – Live in Holland 1976 Can you ever get enough Little Feat? Newly released set from the band in its prime. 9) Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music A psychedelic walk down a country road. 8)...
Read More
Gabby's Top 10 Albums of the Year
1. Saint Paul and the Broken Bones - "Half the City" I declared this to be my favorite album of the year when I first heard it back in January. It still is. 2. Paolo Nutini - "Caustic Love" I waited 5 years for a new...
Read More
Lindsay's Top Albums of 2014
1. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold Folk vintage - yet modern. The sister duo, which I thought may edge into the slightly obnoxious, was captivating. Their high pitched harmonies that ring throughout every song, sell every second. There were some seriously...
Read More
 
Recent Blog Posts
World's Worst iPod: Patrick Hernandez "Born to be Alive"
A lot of disco lovers must have been tuning in, because Wednesday's World's Worst iPod song seemed to get more yes votes than just about any other song we've ever featured. The song made it up to #16 in the United States,and was the only...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: Eric Carmen "Make Me Lose Control"
For some reason, both Jonathan and Kitty had a special place in their hearts for this 1988 hit by Eric Carmen. "Make Me Lose Control" was a follow-up to "Hungry Eyes," which was on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. It never appeared on an Eric Carmen...
Read More
Five Things You Didn't Know About Elvis
Had he lived, Elvis Presley would have turned 80 years old today. He's a rock and roll icon, but there are some facts about him that may have slipped by you over the years. 1. When he met with members of Led Zeppelin in 1973, he traded watches...
Read More
World's Worst iPod: M. McCoo and Billy Davis Jr " You Don't Have to be a Star...
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. were already big stars in 1976 when they released the song "You Don't Have To Be A Star To Be In My Show). The husband and wife team were former members of the hit group The 5th Dimension. This song was on the...
Read More
Kellie the Digital Director's Top Albums from 2014
10. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold I have to admit something. After reading all my fellow coworkers lists, I saw First Aid Kit appearing multiple times, and I had no idea who they were. I've only listened to this album once while writing my list,...
Read More
Nick the Web Guy's Top 10 Albums of 2014
10) Little Feat – Live in Holland 1976 Can you ever get enough Little Feat? Newly released set from the band in its prime. 9) Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music A psychedelic walk down a country road. 8)...
Read More
Gabby's Top 10 Albums of the Year
1. Saint Paul and the Broken Bones - "Half the City" I declared this to be my favorite album of the year when I first heard it back in January. It still is. 2. Paolo Nutini - "Caustic Love" I waited 5 years for a new...
Read More
Lindsay's Top Albums of 2014
1. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold Folk vintage - yet modern. The sister duo, which I thought may edge into the slightly obnoxious, was captivating. Their high pitched harmonies that ring throughout every song, sell every second. There were some seriously...
Read More
Categories
Archives