Reviews in 200 Words

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

In Album on August 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm
If you’ve never liked Ray LaMontagne, you might want to listen to this. If you’ve always liked Ray LaMontagne, you might want to listen to this. If you’ve never cared one way or the other about Ray LaMontagne, you might want to listen to this. No matter what, it’s not what you’re expecting. There’s quite a twang here. Just when you’re wondering if you can allow yourself to like the harmonica that much, realize you can–it’s beyond genre the way Johnny Cash is. It sounds good and beautiful the way a hymn does, even when you’re as far from religion as a person can get. LaMontagne’s voice is raspy and genuine. Man or woman, you’d do anything that voice asked. These songs are strung together like a sequence of poetry: they’re not all about the same thing, but they fit together to suggest getting out, moving on. “New York City’s Killing Me,” is the kind of feeling you’ve had so many times, even if you’ve never lived in the city—it’s the universal claustrophobia of being tied down with nothing but stale air. Let yourself like this; you can’t deny your tapping foot.

-Micah Ling


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  1. Beyond genre. Perfect.

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