9 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There was a time when Ray LaMontagne was viewed as the heir apparent to Van Morrison or Jeff Buckley. Part of the Light shakes up those assumptions as the New Hampshire singer/songwriter balances the quiet with the loud and ethereal. Ray’s voice ripples and expands like a pebble splash in a quiet lake—the vocal echo on “It’s Always Been You” adds a haunting contrail. “As Black as Blood Is Blue” hints that LaMontagne has some Metallica cassettes stashed in his attic. Meanwhile, the ballads here are gorgeously lethal. “Let’s Make It Last” might be Ray’s best one yet, perfect for a wedding first dance. The track represents the album’s exquisite beauty and message: Slow down and appreciate what’s truly important.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

There was a time when Ray LaMontagne was viewed as the heir apparent to Van Morrison or Jeff Buckley. Part of the Light shakes up those assumptions as the New Hampshire singer/songwriter balances the quiet with the loud and ethereal. Ray’s voice ripples and expands like a pebble splash in a quiet lake—the vocal echo on “It’s Always Been You” adds a haunting contrail. “As Black as Blood Is Blue” hints that LaMontagne has some Metallica cassettes stashed in his attic. Meanwhile, the ballads here are gorgeously lethal. “Let’s Make It Last” might be Ray’s best one yet, perfect for a wedding first dance. The track represents the album’s exquisite beauty and message: Slow down and appreciate what’s truly important.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

Voice of Herman ,

First two singles an unfortunate tease...

I was extremely optimistic after hearing the first two singles. After giving a focused first listen to the whole album, I can’t say I’m going to be rushing back to give it another go.

Rinks13 ,

Back to “Classic Ray”

As much as I respected his exploration into revival-style jazzy-blues, Ray seems like he is back to his roots, al la “Empty”. I always felt he sounded like Lyle Lovett’s and Nora Jones’ love child. The complexity and depth of Lovett’s singer/songwriter artistry and the smoothness and range of Jones vocal ability.

I could listen to him singing his classic style for days. I hope the rest of the album is as good as the first two songs.

big al18 ,

Boring

More Ray trying to be from the sixties. Can’t hear his voice good behind all the reverb.

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